Young Father Louis Toussaint Dassy was very talented and full of zeal. He wrote to Eugene on March 19 to wish him for his patronal feast day. He also mentioned that the Arts committee of Paris had appointed him the correspondent of its department for historical works and that the Bishop of Grenoble was going to suggest that he be part of a commission “to draw up a statistical account of the monuments, of the finest buildings in the diocese and of all archaeological matters that could be of interest to religion: Church history, Christian literature and the Arts.”
Eugene commented in his diary:
He expresses, in this letter, the best sentiments of dedication to my person and to the congregation. He then comes to his favorite thought, science, archeology, etc. The minister of public education has sent him, in order to encourage him in his works, a superb work: “Les éléments de paléographie” [The elements of paleography]. He was appointed correspondent of his ministry for historical works.
He sees in this some fortunate results for the glory of our holy congregation, “It is always that you will not see me work with another motive. For the congregation, my spirit, my heart, my time and my life.”
What to reply to a man who expresses such wonderful sentiments? Certainly, I am far from thinking like him. I do not at all see any glory for the congregation in all this, but Father Dassy needs activity: that one is worth as much as another.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 28 March 1842, EO XXI