HOW TO ADMONISH THE
SLOTHFUL AND THE HASTY
The slothful must be told
that they can lose so much good by postponing doing good; the hasty
can lose so much good by doing them ahead of time.
The slothful, because he
postpones doing good, is unable and unwilling to do good when the need
arises. The soul that does not direct its efforts to spiritual things,
will eventually run after lowly desires: "The slothful man is
given utterly to desires."
The slothful tend to
imagine made-up difficulties and fears and use these to justify its
inactiveness. The fear of persecution from evil men prevents him from
The hasty tend to do good
too hastily or before the good should be done, ending up in doing evil
instead. After having done it, they realize they should take counsel,
taking great care as they go forward.
St. Gregory the Great: Pastoral
Care, Chapter 15