Father Louis Toussaint Dassy was an intelligent and highly talented Oblate who excelled at everything he did, both as a missionary preacher and the author of books as well as studying archaeology as a hobby. Eugene writes to him and gives him some advice on making sure that he relied on God and not on his talents.
I never cease thanking God for the good accomplished through your ministry. As for you. my child, and your companions, ever keep in your heart and on your lips these beautiful words of the Apostle: “We are worthless servants; we have done only what we ought to have done!”[ed. Luke 17:10]
Who are we, in fact, to perform miracles? What should surprise us is that we do not spoil the mission God has entrusted to us, by our infidelities and what we substitute from ourselves.
He warns the 33 year-old:
Let us humble ourselves in our own eyes, and be careful not to ask anything from the people. We do not want their praises, admiration, etc. any more than their money. Especially you, my good son, you need to be on your guard because the public spoils you on account of your good qualities, zeal and everything else that is striking about you.
Letter to Father Louis Dassy, 17 July 1841, EO IX n 733