Jerome’s Advice to Preachers

When teaching in church seek to call forth not plaudits but groans. Let the tears of your hearers be your glory.

A presbyter’s words ought to be seasoned by his reading of scripture. Be not a declaimer or a ranter, one who gabbles without rhyme or reason; but shew yourself skilled in the deep things and versed in the mysteries of God.

To mouth your words and by your quickness of utterance astonish the unlettered crowd is a mark of ignorance.  – St Jerome