Similar in its first part to St. John Chrysostom's On the Priesthood
, in its evocation of the awesome sacramental and pastoral responsibilities of the priesthood, Gregory's Pastoral Care
(more exactly, the Book of Pastoral Rule) goes on to guide the pastor in the nourishment of virtue in his flock. Translated into English since the ninth century, Pastoral Care
has become the primary text of its genre, indispensable to those charged with the care of souls.
An Eighth Day View:
St. Gregory deals with the great responsibility of the episcopal office and its onerous nature.