Saint Gregory, aka Pope Gregory I, St. Gregory the Dialogist, "Gregory the Great"

Saint Gregory, aka Pope Gregory I, St. Gregory the Dialogist, "Gregory the Great"
c. 540
c. 604

Italian Cappadocian Monk, Pope, Patron Saint of Musicians, Singers, Students, and Teachers

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You should be aware that the word ?angel? denotes a function rather than a nature. Those holy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits. They can only be called angels when they deliver some message. Moreover, those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels.

Those who do not speak the words of God with humility must be advised that when they apply medicine to the sick, they must first inspect the poison of their own infection, or else by attempting to heal others, they kill themselves.

We pray You, Lord, to preserve Your servants in the peaceful enjoyment of this Easter happiness. We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Who lives and reigns with God The Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen. -- Pope Saint Gregory the Great from an Easter Prayer by him

Whatsoever one would understand what he hears must hasten to put into practice what he has heard.

When a girl ceases to blush, she has lost the most powerful charm of her beauty.

When we attend to the needs of those in want, we give them what is theirs, not ours. More than performing works of mercy, we are paying a debt of justice.

Whenever some act of wondrous power must be performed, Michael is sent, so that his action and his name may make it clear that no one can do what God does by his superior power. So also our ancient foe desired in his pride to be like God, saying: I will ascend into heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of heaven; I will be like the Most High. He will be allowed to remain in power until the end of the world when he will be destroyed in the final punishment. Then, he will fight with the archangel Michael, as we are told by John: A battle was fought with Michael the archangel.

The universe would not be rich enough to buy the vote of an honest man.

Then shall the mighty is erect in withstanding vice, when it bows to the command of reason.

There are in truth three states of the converted: the beginning, the middle, and the perfection. In the beginning they experience the charms of sweetness; in the middle the contests of temptation; and in the end the fullness of perfection.

Raphael means, as I have said, God?s remedy, for when he touched Tobit?s eyes in order to cure him, he banished the darkness of his blindness. Thus, since he is to heal, he is rightly called God?s remedy. -- Pope Saint Gregory the Great from a homily

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.

Some angels are given proper names to denote the service they are empowered to perform. In that holy city, where perfect knowledge flows from the vision of almighty God, those who have no names may easily be known. But personal names are assigned to some, not because they could not be known without them, but rather to denote their ministry when they came among us. Thus, Michael means ?Who is like God?; Gabriel is ?The Strength of God?; and Raphael is ?God?s Remedy.?

The Emperor of heaven, the Lord of men and of angels, has sent you His epistles for your life?s advantage?and yet you neglect to read them eagerly. Study them, I beg you, and meditate daily on the words of your Creator. Learn the heart of God in the words of God that you may sigh more eagerly for things eternal, that your soul may be kindled with greater longings for heavenly joy.

The Holy Bible is like a mirror before our mind's eye. In it we see our inner face. From the Scriptures we can learn our spiritual deformities and beauties. And there too we discover the progress we are making and how far we are from perfection.

The sacred Scriptures grow with the one who reads them.

The spiritual director should not reduce his attention to the internal life because of external occupations, nor should he relinquish his care for external matters because of his anxiety for the internal life.

Moreover, because the slothful mind is typically brought to its downfall gradually, when we fail to control our speech, we move on to more harsh words. Thus, at first, we are happy to speak of others kindly; afterwards, we begin to pick at the lives of those of whom we speak, and finally our tongues break into open slander against them.

My friends, consider the greatness of this solemn feast that commemorates God?s coming as a guest into our hearts! If some rich and influential friend were to come to your home, you would promptly put it all in order for fear something there might offend your friend?s eyes when he came in. Let all of us then who are preparing our inner homes for God cleanse them of anything our wrongdoing has brought into them.

Necessity demands that one should carefully examine who it is that comes to the position of spiritual authority; and coming solemnly to this point, how he should live; and living well, how he should teach; and teaching rightly, with what kind of self-examination he should learn of his own weakness.

Not Angles, but Angels.

Our fatherland is paradise, heaven. We have departed from it by pride, disobedience, abuse of the senses, therefore it is needed that we return to it by obedience, contempt of the world, and by taming the desires of the flesh; thus we return to our own country by another road. By forbidden pleasures we have forfeited the joys of paradise; by penance we must regain them.

Perhaps it is not after all so difficult for a man to part with his possessions, but it is certainly most difficult for him to part with himself. To renounce what one has is a minor thing; but to renounce what one is, that is asking a lot.

If we knew at what time we were to depart from this world, we would be able to select a season for pleasure and another for repentance. But God, who has promised pardon to every repentant sinner, has not promised us tomorrow. Therefore we must always dread the final day, which we can never foresee. This very day is a day of truce, a day for conversion. And yet we refuse to cry over the evil we have done! Not only do we not weep for the sins we have committed, we even add to them.

Ignorance is a dangerous and spiritual poison, which all men ought warily to shun.

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Saint Gregory, aka Pope Gregory I, St. Gregory the Dialogist, "Gregory the Great"
Birth Date
c. 540
Death Date
c. 604
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Italian Cappadocian Monk, Pope, Patron Saint of Musicians, Singers, Students, and Teachers