Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Twenty-Seven: St. Gregory the Great says trust God’s promises, and take what comes

Trust God’s promises, and take what comes When Jesus was transfigured, says St. Gregory the Great, Peter wanted to live in that glory forever. But the time was not right. We have work to do here before we can live in glory with Jesus forever. The Apostle Peter was excited by the revelation of these mysteries. He despised what was mundane and scorned what was earthly, and he was filled with a sort of frenzied craving for what was eternal. Filled with rapture at the whole vision, he wanted to m … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Sixteen: St. Gregory the Great talks about learning good habits

Learn good habits during Lent The Church requires every Christian to fast during Lent. We should take this opportunity, says St. Gregory the Great, to build up good habits of detachment that we can keep up all through the year. As the Easter festival approaches, we keep the greatest and most bind­ing fast. The observation of it is imposed on all the faithful without exception. No one is so holy that he ought not to be holier, or so devout that he might not be more devout. Who in the … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Eighty: St. Gregory the Great directs us to believe what Christ tells you

Believe what Christ tells you In a dialogue with St. Gregory the Great, Peter the deacon seems to prefer to think there is no hell. But we can’t do that, says St. Gregory the Great, without making a liar out of Christ. Peter: Let me ask you: will those who are condemned to hell burn forever, and never have any end of their torments? Gregory: It is certain, without doubt, and very true that, as the good will have no end of their joys, so the wicked will never have any release of their t … [Read more...]

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

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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

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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...]


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