Saint Gregory the Great on False Humility

St. Gregory the Great, pope of Rome

Some there are who in open speech confess their faults, and yet in confession know not how to weep, and say lamentable things rejoicing. Wherefore if any detesting his faults speaks, it is necessary that he speaks thus in the bitterness of his soul, and that this same bitterness punish whatsoever the tongue accuses by the judgement of the mind.

* This excerpt is from “The Letters of Abelard and Heloise” by Peter Abelard and Heloise d’Argenteuil


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