O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Discretion in Words and Discretion in Silence

 

"The ruler should be discreet in keeping silence, profitable in speech; lest he utter what ought to be suppressed of suppress what he ought to utter. For, as incautious speaking leads into error, so indiscreet silence leaves in error those who might have been instructed. For often improvident rulers, fearing to lose human favor, shrink timidly from speaking freely the things that are right; and, according to the voice of the Truth (John 10:12), serve unto the custody of the flock by no means with the zeal of shepherds, but in the way of hirelings; since they fly when the wolf comes if they hide themselves under silence."-St. Gregory Dialogus, Pope of Rome