Church Fathers, Day 346: St. Gregory the Great urges us to pray for the straying

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Pray for the strayingSt. Gregory the Great urges his congregation not to fall into the trap of the Manichean heresy. But he also urges them to pray for the heretics. We should pray constantly that all who have strayed will be brought back to the Lord.We deplore the blasphemy of those who deny that Christ was truly hu­man—about whom the blessed Apostle John forewarned us in a crystal-clear say­ing: “every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 274: St. Gregory the Great says to use God’s gifts in moderation

Use God’s gifts in moderationFasting is good, as St. Gregory the Great told a congregation getting ready for Lent. But we abstain from good things for the sake of better things. We must not insult the Creator by supposing, like the Manichean heretics, that the food he created is evil in itself.Let us beware of the Adversary’s wiles, not only in the enticements of the palate, but also when we decide to abstain. For he who knew how to bring death on mankind through food also knows how to … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 262: St. Gregory the Great advises when things go well, remember who you are

When things go well, remember who you arePope St. Gregory the Great sent St. Augustine of Canterbury to convert the pagan English. When Augustine reported that he had been able to work miracles in the sight of the English, Gregory reminded him that all the glory belongs to God. The better things are going, the more important it is to remember the One who makes them go well.My dear brother, with all the things you accomplish outwardly through the work of God, you need to judge yourself … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 249: St. Gregory the Great says learn to repent from Judas

Learn to repent from JudasChrist gave Judas every opportunity to repent, not even holding back the Last Supper from him. St. Gregory the Great advises us to look to Judas as a good example of what not to do.When the Lord said, “Truly I tell you, one of you is about to betray me,” he showed that his betrayer’s conscience was well known to him. He did not confound the traitor by harsh and open rebukes, but met him with mild and silent warnings, so that he who had never been sent astray by … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 238: St. Gregory the Great advises us to put things right before you ask for forgiveness

Put things right before you ask for forgiveness When St. Gregory the Great was pope, the government in Dalmatia ordained a bishop named Maximus to the See of Salona, setting aside the bishop who had been legitimately elected. The governor of the province wanted to be reconciled with the pope, but Gregory tells him that he can’t expect forgiveness while he’s still participating in the evil. I have received your highness’s letter, in which you speak of having provoked my displeasure, and of wis … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 228: St. Gregory the Great tells us to be thankful in adversity as well as in prosperity

Be thankful in adversity as well as in prosperity Pope St. Gregory the Great, having heard that one of his noble friends had suddenly fallen on hard times, advises his friend to bear adversity with patience. But Gregory doesn’t stop with sympathy and advice: he also gives the material help he knows his friend needs, but might be too proud to ask for. I know all about your troubles with the things of this world. But our only comfort when we are in the deepest trouble is the mercy of the C … [Read more...]

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