I'm looking for the precise wording and who said it. St. Francis of Assisi keeps coming up, but from what I've found this is actually a paraphrase of something he said. I believe the original person who said it is a monk or theologian whose name begins with a C. My hubby wants this tattooed and I want it to be accurate! Thanks so much!
quote:The attitude of the Celtic clergymen mirrored that of St. Francis of Assisi, who told his followers, "Preach always. If necessary, use words." (page 127) The difference between the Celtic and Roman clerics in their attitude to their flocks is best illustrated in this passage by a twentieth century writer quoted by Rabey: [page 139] "Celtic monks lived in conspicuous poverty; Roman monks lived well. Celtic monks were unwordly; Roman monks were worldly. Celtic bishops practiced humility; Roman bishops paraded pomp. Celtic bishops were ministers of their flocks; Roman bishops were monarchs of their dioceses. Celtic clergymen said, 'Do as I do,' and hoped to be followed; Roman clergymen said, 'Do as I say,' and expected to be followed." http://www.doyletics.com/arj/ithomrvw.htm
And finally, the "C" that you remember could very well be the big "C" himself
quote:Matthew 23:1-3: "Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying, "The Scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do." We know that we are to preach the gospel of the Savior at ‘all times’, and when necessary ‘use words’. That we may have a walk worthy of God who has called us into His kingdom and glory (I Thessalonians 2:12).
I could not find the above quote on an active Internet Webpage, but it is currently still in Google's cached memory here, where St. Francis of Assisi isn't even mentioned.