Gregory, Pastoral
Gregory, pastoral.

  • NPNF2 7-14

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    Gregory the Great
    The Book of Pastoral Rule of Saint Gregory the Great Roman Pontiff to John, Bishop of the City of Ravenna
    100 Part I.
    101 Chapter I. That the Unskilful Venture Not to Approach an Office of Authority.
    102 Chapter II. That None Should Enter on a Place of Government Who Practise Not in Life What They Have Learnt by Study.
    103 Chapter III. Of the Weight of Government; And that All Man-Her of Adversity is to Be Despised, and Prosperity Feared.
    104 Chapter IV. That Far the Most Part the Occupation of Government Dissipates the Solidity of the Mind.
    105 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.
    106 Chapter VI. That Those Who Fly from the Burden of Rule Through Humility are Then Truly Humble When They Resist Not the Divine Decrees.
    107 Chapter VII. That Sometimes Same Laudably Desire the Office of Preaching, While Others, as Laudably, are Drawn to It by Compulsion.
    108 Chapter VIII. Of Those Who Covet Pre-Eminence, and Seize on the Language of the Apostle to Serve the Purpose of Their Own Cupidity.
    109 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.
    110 Chapter X. What Manner of Man Ought to Come to Rule.
    111 Chapter XI. What Manner of Man Ought Not to Come to Rule.

    Part II. Of the Life of the Pastor.

    201 Chapter I. How One Who Has in Due Order Arrived at a Place of Rule Ought to Demean Himself in It.
    202 Chapter II. That the Ruler Should Be Pure in Thought.
    203 Chapter III. That the Ruler Should Be Always Chief in Action.
    204 Chapter IV. That the Ruler Should Be Discreet in Keeping Silence, Profitable in Speech.
    205 Chapter V. That the Ruler Should Be a Near Neighbour to Every One in Compassion, and Exalted Above All in Contemplation.
    206 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
    208 Chapter VIII. That the Ruler Should Not Set His Heart on Pleasing Men, and Yet Should Give Heed to What Ought to Phase Them.
    209 Chapter IX. That the Ruler Ought to Be Careful to Understand How Commonly Vices Pass Themselves Off as Virtues.
    210 Chapter X. What the Rulerís Discrimination Should Be Between Correction and Connivance, Between Fervour and Gentleness.
    211 Chapter XI. How Intent the Ruler Ought to Be an Meditations in the Sacred Law.

    300 Part III. How the Ruler, While Living Well, Ought to Teach and Admonish Those that are Put Under Him.
    301 Chapter I. What Diversity There Ought to Be in the Art of Preaching.
    302 Chapter II. How the Poor and the Rich Should Be Admonished.
    303 Chapter III. How the Joyful and the Sad are to Be Admonished.
    304 Chapter IV. How Subjects and Prelates are to Be Admonished.
    305 Chapter V. How Servants and Masters are to Be Admonished.
    306 Chapter VI. How the Wise and the Dull are to Be Admonished.
    307 Chapter VII. How the Impudent and Bashful are to Be Admonished.
    308 Chapter VIII. How the Forward and the Faint-Hearted are to Be Admonished.
    309 Chapter IX. How the Impatient and the Patient are to Be Admonished.
    310 Chapter X. How the Kindly-Disposed and the Envious are to Be Admonished.
    311 Chapter XI. How the Simple and the Crafty are to Be Admonished.
    312 Chapter XII. How the Whole and the Sick are to Be Admonished.
    313 Chapter XIII. How Those Who Fear Scourges and Those Who Contemn Them are to Be Admonished.
    314 Chapter XIV. How the Silent and the Talkative are to Be Admonished.
    315 Chapter XV How the Slothful and the Hasty are to Be Admonished.
    316 Chapter XVI. How the Meek and the Passionate are to Be Admonished.
    317 Chapter XVII. How the Humble and the Haughty are to Be Admonished.
    318 Chapter XVIII. How the Obstinate and the Tickle are to Be Admonished.
    319 Chapter XIX. How Those Who Use Food Intemperately and Those Who Use It Sparingly are to Be Admonished.
    320 Chapter XX. How to Be Admonished are Those Who Give Away What is Their Own, and Those Who Seize What Belongs to Others.
    321 Chapter 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
    322 Chapter XXII. How Those that are at Variance and Those that are at Peace are to Be Admonished.
    323 Chapter XXIII. How Sowers of Strifes and Peacemakers are to Be Admonished.
    324 Chapter XXIV. How the Rude in Sacred Learning, and Those Who are Learned But Not Humble, are to Be Admonished.
    325 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.
    326 Chapter XXVI. How Those are to Be Admonished with Whom Everything Succeeds According to Their Wish, and Those with Whom Nothing Does.
    327 Chapter XXVII. How the Married and the Single are to Be Admonished.
    328 Chapter XXVIII. How Those are to Be Admonished Who Have Had Experience of the Sins of the Flesh, and Those Who Have Not.
    329 Chapter XXIX. How They are to Be Admonished Who Lament Sins of Deed, and Those Who Lament Only Sins of Thought.
    330 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.
    331 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.
    332 Chapter XXXII. How Those are to Be Admonished Who Sin from Sudden Impulse and Those Who Sin Deliberately.
    333 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.
    334 Chapter XXXIV. How Those are to Be Admonished Who Do Not Even Begin Good Things, and Those Who Do Not Finish Them When Begun.
    335 Chapter XXXV. How Those are to Be Admonished Who Do Bad Things Secretly and Good Things Openly, and Those Who Do Contrariwise.
    336 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
    337 Chapter XXXVII. Of the Exhortation to Be Applied to One Person, Who Labours Under Contrary Passions.
    338 Chapter XXXVIII. That Sometimes Lighter Vices are to Be Left Alone, that More Grievous Ones May Be Removed.
    339 Chapter XXXIX. That Deep Things Ought Not to Be Preached at All to Weak Souls.
    340 Chapter XL. Of the Work and the Voice of Preaching.

    400 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.