Gregory the Great
The Book of Pastoral Rule of Saint Gregory the Great Roman Pontiff to John, Bishop of the City of Ravenna
Chapter I. That the Unskilful Venture Not to Approach an Office of Authority.
Chapter II. That None Should Enter on a Place of Government Who Practise Not in Life What They Have Learnt by Study.
Chapter III. Of the Weight of Government; And that All Man-Her of Adversity is to Be Despised, and Prosperity Feared.
Chapter IV. That Far the Most Part the Occupation of Government Dissipates the Solidity of the Mind.
Chapter V. Of Those Who are Able to Profit Others by Virtuous Example in Supreme Rule, But Fly from It in Pursuit of Their Own Ease.
Chapter VI. That Those Who Fly from the Burden of Rule Through Humility are Then Truly Humble When They Resist Not the Divine Decrees.
Chapter VII. That Sometimes Same Laudably Desire the Office of Preaching, While Others, as Laudably, are Drawn to It by Compulsion.
Chapter VIII. Of Those Who Covet Pre-Eminence, and Seize on the Language of the Apostle to Serve the Purpose of Their Own Cupidity.
Chapter IX. That the Mind of Than Who Wish for Pre-Eminence Far the Most Part Flatters Itself with a Feigned Promise of Good Works.
Chapter X. What Manner of Man Ought to Come to Rule.
Chapter XI. What Manner of Man Ought Not to Come to Rule.
Part II. Of the Life of the Pastor.
Chapter I. How One Who Has in Due Order Arrived at a Place of Rule Ought to Demean Himself in It.
Chapter II. That the Ruler Should Be Pure in Thought.
Chapter III. That the Ruler Should Be Always Chief in Action.
Chapter IV. That the Ruler Should Be Discreet in Keeping Silence, Profitable in Speech.
Chapter V. That the Ruler Should Be a Near Neighbour to Every One in Compassion, and Exalted Above All in Contemplation.
Chapter VI. That the Ruler Should Be, Through Humility, a Companion of Good Livers, But, Through the Zeal of Righteousness, Rigid Against the Vices of Evildoers.
Chapter VII. That the Ruler Relax Not His Care for the Things that are Within in His Occupation
Chapter VIII. That the Ruler Should Not Set His Heart on Pleasing Men, and Yet Should Give Heed to What Ought to Phase Them.
Chapter IX. That the Ruler Ought to Be Careful to Understand How Commonly Vices Pass Themselves Off as Virtues.
Chapter X. What the Rulerís Discrimination Should Be Between Correction and Connivance, Between Fervour and Gentleness.
Chapter XI. How Intent the Ruler Ought to Be an Meditations in the Sacred Law.
Part III. How the Ruler, While Living Well, Ought to Teach and Admonish Those that are Put Under Him.
Chapter I. What Diversity There Ought to Be in the Art of Preaching.
Chapter II. How the Poor and the Rich Should Be Admonished.
Chapter III. How the Joyful and the Sad are to Be Admonished.
Chapter IV. How Subjects and Prelates are to Be Admonished.
Chapter V. How Servants and Masters are to Be Admonished.
Chapter VI. How the Wise and the Dull are to Be Admonished.
Chapter VII. How the Impudent and Bashful are to Be Admonished.
Chapter VIII. How the Forward and the Faint-Hearted are to Be Admonished.
Chapter IX. How the Impatient and the Patient are to Be Admonished.
Chapter X. How the Kindly-Disposed and the Envious are to Be Admonished.
Chapter XI. How the Simple and the Crafty are to Be Admonished.
Chapter XII. How the Whole and the Sick are to Be Admonished.
Chapter XIII. How Those Who Fear Scourges and Those Who Contemn Them are to Be Admonished.
Chapter XIV. How the Silent and the Talkative are to Be Admonished.
Chapter XV How the Slothful and the Hasty are to Be Admonished.
Chapter XVI. How the Meek and the Passionate are to Be Admonished.
Chapter XVII. How the Humble and the Haughty are to Be Admonished.
Chapter XVIII. How the Obstinate and the Tickle are to Be Admonished.
Chapter XIX. How Those Who Use Food Intemperately and Those Who Use It Sparingly are to Be Admonished.
Chapter XX. How to Be Admonished are Those Who Give Away What is Their Own, and Those Who Seize What Belongs to Others.
Chapter XXI.how Those are to Be Admonished Who Desire Not the Things of Others, But Keep Their Own; And Those Who Give of Their Own, Yet Seize on Those of Others
Chapter XXII. How Those that are at Variance and Those that are at Peace are to Be Admonished.
Chapter XXIII. How Sowers of Strifes and Peacemakers are to Be Admonished.
Chapter XXIV. How the Rude in Sacred Learning, and Those Who are Learned But Not Humble, are to Be Admonished.
Chapter XXV. How Those are to Be Admonished Who Decline the Office of Preaching Out of Too Great Humility, and Those Who Seize on It with Precipitate Haste.
Chapter XXVI. How Those are to Be Admonished with Whom Everything Succeeds According to Their Wish, and Those with Whom Nothing Does.
Chapter XXVII. How the Married and the Single are to Be Admonished.
Chapter XXVIII. How Those are to Be Admonished Who Have Had Experience of the Sins of the Flesh, and Those Who Have Not.
Chapter XXIX. How They are to Be Admonished Who Lament Sins of Deed, and Those Who Lament Only Sins of Thought.
Chapter XXX. How Those are to Be Admonished Who Abstain Not from the Sins Which They Bewail, and Those Who, Abstaining from Them, Bewail Them Not.
Chapter XXXI. How Those are to Be Admonished Who Praise the Unlawful Things of Which They are Conscious, and Those Who, While Condemning Them, in No Wise Guard Against Them.
Chapter XXXII. How Those are to Be Admonished Who Sin from Sudden Impulse and Those Who Sin Deliberately.
Chapter XXXIII. How Those are to Be Admonished Who Commit Very Small But Frequent Faults, and Those Who, While Avoiding Such as are Very Small, are Sometimes Plunged in Such as are Grievous.
Chapter XXXIV. How Those are to Be Admonished Who Do Not Even Begin Good Things, and Those Who Do Not Finish Them When Begun.
Chapter XXXV. How Those are to Be Admonished Who Do Bad Things Secretly and Good Things Openly, and Those Who Do Contrariwise.
Chapter XXXVI. Concerning the Exhortation to Be Addressed Many at Once, that It May So Aid the Virtues of Each Among Them that Vices Contrary to Such Virtues May Not Grow Up Through
Chapter XXXVII. Of the Exhortation to Be Applied to One Person, Who Labours Under Contrary Passions.
Chapter XXXVIII. That Sometimes Lighter Vices are to Be Left Alone, that More Grievous Ones May Be Removed.
Chapter XXXIX. That Deep Things Ought Not to Be Preached at All to Weak Souls.
Chapter XL. Of the Work and the Voice of Preaching.
Part IV. How the Preacher, When He Has Accomplished All Aright, Should Return to Himself, Lest Either His Life or His Preaching Lift Him Up.