"...nothing but hard rebuke restrains from the vice of impudence... Those do not know that they are in fault, unless they be rebuked even by many... For those one best corrects who reprehends them by direct invective... Thus the Lord, openly upbraiding the impudent people of the Jews, saying, There has come unto you a whore's forehead; you would not blush Jeremiah 3:3. But again He revives them when ashamed... Paul also openly upbraids the Galatians impudently sinning, when he says, O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you Galatians 3:1? ... But the faults of those who are ashamed he reprehends as though sympathizing with them..."
The art of accompaniment according to St. Gregory the Great
Pastoral Rule, Bk III, Ch. 7:
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