Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus…

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…judges Francis’ idea on the pastor

  • Our principle obligation is to care for our own soul

For what else could be supposed to be so proper to the soul? Or what could be so worthy of it, as to exercise a care over itself, not gazing outwards, or busying itself with alien matters, or, to peak shortly, doing the worst injustice to itself, but turning its attention inwardly upon itself, rendering its own due to itself, and acting thereby righteously? (Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus. Oration and Panegyric Addressed to Origen. Argument 11)