The Book of Pastoral Rule by Pope Gregory IPlease help support the mission of New Advent and get the full contents of this website as an instant download. Since, then, we have shown what manner of man the pastor ought to be, let us now set forth after what manner he should teach. For, as long before us Gregory Nazianzen of reverend memory has taught, one and the same exhortation does not suit all, inasmuch as neither are all bound together by similarity of character. For the things that profit some often hurt others; seeing that also for the most part herbs which nourish some animals are fatal to others; and the gentle hissing that quiets horses incites whelps; and the medicine which abates one disease aggravates another; and the bread which invigorates the life of the strong kills little children. Therefore according to the quality of the hearers ought the discourse of teachers to be fashioned, so as to suit all and each for their several needs, and yet never deviate from the art of common edification. For what are the intent minds of hearers but, so to speak, a kind of tight tensions of strings in a harp, which the skilful player, that he may produce a tune not at variance with itself, strikes variously?
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Please help support the mission of New Advent and get the full contents of this website as an instant download. The book was issued as appears from the passage above quoted in the Epistle to Leander at the commencement of Gregory's episcopacy, and as appears from its opening words addressed to John, bishop of Ravenna, in reply to a letter received from him. But, though put into form for a special purpose on this occasion, it must have been the issue of long previous thought, as is further evident from the fact that in his Magna Moralia , or Commentary on the Book of Job, begun and in a great measure written during his residence in Constantinople, he had already sketched the plan of such a treatise, and expressed the hope of some day putting it into form. For we there find the prologue to the third book of the Regula already written, together with most of the headings contained in the first chapter of that book, followed by the words, And indeed we ought to have denoted particularly what should be the order of admonition with respect to each of these points; but fear of prolixity deters us. Yet, with God's help, we hope to complete this task in another work, should some little time of this laborious life still remain to us Moral.
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Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review. An English Version by John Lienenweber. Harrisburg, Pa. Among the patrisitic writings, there are three treatments of the pastoral office that have been of almost continuous popularity and importance down through the ages. Anglicans have loved these books particularly. Moxon's translation, is still in print and is on every seminary reading list. The late Michael Ramsey, in his own little classic, The Christian Priest Today, mentioned that he read Gregory's Regula in the period just before his own consecration as a bishop, and so he reminded us of Gregory's work.
Bramley , James Barmby , and Henry Davis This was not a happy decision. Gregory was using the Latin Vulgate. All other translators including the French in SC follow Gregory here. Apart from that, spot-checks indicate that the translation is sound. Leinenweber provides an introduction; the notes are limited to the biblical quotations; there is no index. Access options available:.
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