Then also he will see that those men who profess themselves to be priests and theologians with grand titles, and who have waded into the lavish stipends of these most holy offices, are not to be relied on as advisers, but rather those whom he discovers by their fruits to be endowed and aflame beyond others with the knowledge and the love of the Kingdom of Christ, just as “David consulted” about the renewing of religion first “with the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and with every leader” (1 Chron. 13:1). For only one who has himself submitted totally to the yoke of Christ can with any degree of consistency contribute his advice and work toward the restoration of Christ’s Kingdom. Such men, indeed, Christ our King regenerates and forms for himself from whatever estates of mankind he chooses, nor does he assign this blessing of his to any particular class of men, much less to hypocrites with empty titles.
The fewer men there are in all estates who have a sure insight into what the Kingdom of Christ means and truly desire its restoration, the more diligently they must be sought out and chosen from whatever kind and condition of men they are to be found, as counselors of the first rank for Your Majesty in the purposeful task of establishing the Kingdom of God securely and for the work of calling all of Christ’s subjects back to him.
Whoever needs to have the health of his body restored certainly does not obtain his physicians on the basis of fine titles and great wealth which some have accumulated for themselves by a pretense of medical skill, but rather those whom he knows to have a solid knowledge of healing and a real interest in curing. In the same way, no one willingly entrusts himself to a ship whose master has only the name and income of a navigator, but who does not know how to navigate; but everyone prefers to sail with a man who, although his name is unknown and his talents modest, nevertheless has all the knowledge and experience necessary for sailing a ship. With how much greater care and effort are men to be sought by Your Majesty to whom he will entrust not bodies but the very core of the religion of Christ to be preached anew in which is contained the eternal salvation of all.
May, therefore, Christ our King help Your Majesty to select for a supreme council for the reformation of religion those advisers who both well know the power of the Kingdom of Christ and desire to realize it with all their hearts, especially for themselves but for all others also; men who are here looking for no human gain or favor but are prepared to undergo the limit of physical inconvenience rather than miss an opportunity for planting and cultivating the Kingdom of Christ. For this purpose, may they also be gifted with spiritual prudence, in order to begin a matter of such great moment creatively and to bring it efficiently to completion. It would contribute very much toward this goal if men of this kind excelled also in prestige, authority, and favor among the people. But before all things else it is necessary that they have a solid knowledge of religion and are on fire with zeal for it, and also that they are equipped with the spiritual prudence necessary for the renewal and spread of the Kingdom.