THE OBSTINATE AND THE
The obstinate must be told
that they think too highly of themselves as their reason why they
reject advice from others. The fickle over-hesitate even when
decisions can be made. The obstinate will always choose their own
judgment. The fickle choose everything that comes with discriminating.
To the former, St. Paul says: "Be not wise in your own
conceit;" to the latter, he says: "Let us not be carried
about with every wind of doctrine."
Obstinacy is begotten of
pride; fickleness, by irresolution. But the wise and holy person is
always consistent because he is at peace in his conviction and keeps
up his good deeds.
The obstinate must
overcome his pride by seeing that the Son of God did not seek His own
will but the will of the Father. If the Son of God acquiesced to
another's will, why not man?
The fickle must strengthen
his mind by cutting off levity.
St. Gregory the Great: Pastoral
Care, Part III. 18