We modern men and women hate hypocrisy, but we have a mistaken idea of what this means. Some say that a hypocrite doesnít practice what he preaches, but this isnít hypocrisy. None of us perfectly practices what he preaches. We all fall short. The solution of lowering our moral bar to match our imperfect behavior doesnít make us less hypocritical; it just makes us more mediocre. Keeping the bar high and maintaining our moral ideals helps us to strive for moral greatness rather than settling for moral poverty.
Fr. Thomas D. Williams