TRAITS OF A GOOD SHEPHERD
Press forward so that souls
may be saved. Live up to the demands of your office by unceasing care
in your practical and spiritual duties. Be preoccupied about unity.
Find time for unceasing
prayer. Pray for wisdom. Be wakeful and watchful.
There is no reward in
liking good pupils. The real task is by mildness to bring to obedience
the ones who plague you.
Your are flesh and blood:
do what you can see. For what you cannot see, pray that it may be
revealed to you.
there are bishops who
speak well but teach heresies. Do not let them disturb you but stand
Do not neglect the widows.
After God, you are their guardian. Let nothing be done without your
consent. And do nothing without the consent of God.
St. Ignatius of Antioch
(St. Ignatius of Antioch
was purportedly the child that Christ took into His arms; Ignatius was
appointed Bishop by St. Peter, himself)