17 December 2020

Patristic Quote of the Day

He mentions here a twofold wickedness. First they require great and extreme strictness of life, without any indulgence, from those over whom they rule. Yet they are much less strict with themselves. This is opposite from what a truly good pastor ought to hold. He ought to be a rigorous and severe judge in things that concern himself. But in the matters of those whom he rules, he ought to be gentle and ready to make allowances. What these men do is just the opposite.—St. John Chrysostom, Homily 72 on St. Matthew

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