HOW TO ADMONISH THE
SINCERE AND THE INSINCERE
The sincere should be
commended for always telling the truth but they should also know how
to withhold the truth on occasions. Just as falsehood always
harms, telling the truth sometimes does harm. The Lord always
wants our speech to be tempered with silence.
The sincere are admonished
to avoid deceit but to speak the truth only if it is profitable.
The insincere must realize
the burden that accompanies duplicity. For, in the fear of
discovery, they even try to defend themselves dishonorably. The
easiest to defend is sincerity and truth. The hardest to defend is
The insincere hide their
faults; they shrink from being known for what they are so they conceal
themselves in a veil of deceit. . . "He that walketh sincerely
walketh confidently." For sincerity of conduct is an
assurance of great security. "The Holy Spirit of discipline
will flee from the deceitful."
It is the particular evil
of the double-minded that, while they deceive others by their perverse
and double dealing conduct, they glory as though they were singularly
prudent beyond others.
St. Gregory the Great: Pastoral
Care, Part II