THE BISHOP SHOULD ALWAYS
BE EXEMPLARY IN CONDUCT
bishop must lead by example, so that by the manner of his life he may
show the WAY to his subjects; and the flock may the better follow
through example rather than words.
He who preaches the highest
ideals is bound to demonstrate those ideals. He will move hearts if
his way of life commends what he says.
He who preaches heavenly
topics must have abandoned earthly deeds. He will readily draw his
subjects if his voice comes from a supernatural height.
As all priests, his conduct
should be not only profitable, but outstanding. He should not only be
upright in the midst of the wicked, but be the best among the good. He
surpasses all in dignity, let him surpass all in virtue.
He must not covet the
things of this present life, nor fear human disapproval. He must
despise the vanities of the world.
The priestly humeral veil
that hangs on both shoulders symbolizes the virtues he must possess so
he may not be elated by prosperity, nor disconcerted by adversity; so
he may not be enthusiastic when the way is smooth, and cast down when
it is rough. He lacks these virtues if he sighs for the beauty of his
Maker, but neglects the care of his neighbor. He also lacks these
virtues if he so busy with the care of his neighbor that he grows
listless when meditating on Divine topics.
Let his mind, therefore, be
intent on charity, while his flesh is mortified by