Church Fathers, Day Forty-One: St. Gregory the Great says live a life worthy of the Resurrection

Live a life worthy of the Resurrection Christ died for sinners, not for the righteous. Now that Christ has conquered death, says St. Gregory the Great, we should abandon our worldly lives and live for Christ. God’s mercy for us is more amazing because Christ died, not for the righteous or holy, but for the unrighteous and wicked. Though his divine na­ture was not capable of death, yet at his birth he took from us what he would offer for us. Long ago he threatened our death with the power of … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Thirty-Eight: St. Gregory the Great says find your stength in Jesus’ weakness


Find your strength in Jesus’ weakness Because Christ took on our flesh and suffered for us, says St. Gregory the Great, we can know that we will also overcome our own suffering. How much this humiliation gave all the faithful was proved first by the most blessed Apostle Peter. After the fierce blast of threatening cruelty had dis­mayed him, he quickly changed, and his strength was restored, finding his remedy in the great model, so that the member who had been suddenly shaken returned to the … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Thirty-Seven: St. Gregory the Great says learn to suffer from Christ


Learn to suffer from Christ Christ’s prayer at Gethsemane leads us in our own prayers, says St. Gregory the Great. “Your will be done” is the powerful prayer that every Christian should learn and use in times of trial. So, dear friends, when the Son of God says, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me” (Matthew 26:39), he uses the outcry of our nature, and pleads the cause of human weakness and fear, so that our patience may be strengthened and our fears driven away in whatev … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Thirty-Four: St. Gregory the Great says bring Christ the gifts of the Magi

Bring Christ the gifts of the Magi Preaching on the Feast of the Epiphany, St. Gregory the Great tells his congre­gation that the gifts of the Magi are still brought to Christ every day. Whoever worships Christ according to Catholic doctrine brings the same priceless gifts the Magi brought. The story read to us from the Gospel properly records those days when the three Magi, who had neither been taught by the prophets’ predictions nor instructed by the witness of the Law, came to acknowledge … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Thirty-Three: St. John Chrysostom says follow the Magi

Follow the Magi The Magi left their barbarian country and followed the star to find Christ. We, too, should leave our old world behind us, says St. John Chrysostom. Let us also follow the Magi. Let us separate ourselves from our barbarian customs, and put them far behind us, so that we may see Christ—since they, too, would have missed seeing him if they had not been far from their own country. Let us depart from the things of earth. For the wise men saw only the star while they were in P … [Read more...]