A priest must show order and
consistency in his words and moderation in his deeds; then he will always be
proper in his behaviour.
He must be pleasant in
speaking so as to win the good will of the listener. He must not
flatter or desire to be flattered; the former is the mark of feminine
affectation, the latter is the mark of vanity.
Do not look down on a good
man. To disregard a good man's judgment is a sign of conceitedness
that comes from pride and carelessness.
Then, consider your passion
and your reason which checks your passion and makes it obedient to
itself. Your reason must direct the passion and carefully teach it to
know what ought to be done and what ought to be avoided. You must have
a good reason for all your actions. Others will always want to know
the reason for your actions.
By nature, the passions are
subject to reason and obedient to it. So, be watchful that your
passions do not go ahead of reason nor forsake it. Otherwise, you will
be in total confusion, your mind will be disquieted, your soul perturbed,
reason lost, and your countenance inflamed with anger and lust and
St. Ambrose: Duties
of the Clergy, Chapter 47