HOW TO ADMONISH THE WISE
AND THE DULL
The wise must be shown
that they are not truly wise; the dull must be admonished to learn
what they do not know.
The wise must be made to
abandon their foolish worldly wisdom and make them learn the
wise foolishness of God. The dull who feel foolish must be
encouraged to advance more closely to true wisdom.
To the wise, Scriptures
says: "If any man among you seem to be wise in this world,
let him become a fool that he may be wise." To the dull,
Scriptures has it: "God chooses the foolish things of this
world to confound the wise."
The wise are converted by
arguments from reason; the dull are better converted by
examples. Let the wise fall by their own allegations; the dull
easily learn by the praise-worthy deeds of others.
Victorious reasoning should subdue the wise; but the gentle force of
example should influence the dull to rise to the heights of
St. Gregory the Great: Pastoral
Care, Chapter 7, Part II