Saint Gregory the Great: Dialogues

Saint Gregory the Great: Dialogues

Saint Gregory the Great: Dialogues

Saint Gregory the Great: Dialogues

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GREGORY THE GREAT (540?-604) is one of the strong men whom God raises up periodically to guide His Church and her members through periods of crises. His social and intellectual background and his spiritual formation prepared him well for the work awaiting him as supreme shepherd of God's flock.

When he was about thirty-five years old, he resigned from the high political office held, as Prefect of Rome, to enter religious life. He founded six monasteries on his estates in Sicily and turned his own home on the Caelian Hill in Rome into the Monastery of St. Andrew. Then, after distributing the rest of his wealth among the poor, he entered St. Andrew's as an ordinary monk and lived there under the Rule of St. Benedict, which he was later to praise for its discretion.

In 578 Pope Benedict I ordained him one of the seven deacons of Rome, and the next year Pope Pelagius II sent him as nuncio to the imperial court at Constantinople, where he remained for six years. Shortly after his return to Rome, be became abbot of St. Andrew's and five years later, when Pelagius II died, the clergy and people of Rome elected him Pope.

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