Saint for the Day - March 12 - St. Gregory the
Gregory was a Roman of
noble birth, and while still young was governor of
Rome. On his father's death he gave his great wealth
to the poor, turned his house on the Cúlian Hill
into a monastery, which now bears his name, and for
some years lived as a perfect monk. The Pope drew
him from his seclusion to make him one of the seven
deacons of Rome; and he did great service to the
Church for many years as what we now call Nuncio to
the Imperial court at Constantinople.
While still a monk the saint was struck with some
boys who were exposed for sale in Rome, and heard
with sorrow that they were pagans. "And of what race
are they?" he asked. "They are Angles." "Worthy
indeed to be Angels of God," said he. "And of what
province?" "Of Deira," was the reply. "Truly must we
rescue them from the wrath of God. And what is the
name of their king?" "He is called Ella." "It is
well," said Gregory; "Alleluia must be sung in their
land to God." He at once got leave from the Pope,
and had set out to convert the English when the
murmurs of the people led the Pope to recall him.
Still the Angles were not forgotten, and one of the
Saint's first cares as Pope was to send from his own
monastery St. Augustine and other monks to England.
On the death of Pope Pelagius II., Gregory was
compelled to take the government of the Church, and
for fourteen years his pontificate was a perfect
model of ecclesiastical rule. He healed schisms;
revived discipline; saved Italy by converting the
wild Arian Lombards who were laying it waste; aided
in the conversion of the Spanish and French Goths,
who were also Arians; and kindled anew in Britain
the light of the Faith, which the English had put
out in blood. He set in order the Church's prayers
and chant, guided and consoled her pastors with
innumerable letters, and preached incessantly, most
effectually by his own example. He died A. D. 604,
worn out by austerities and toils; and the Church
reckons him one of her four great doctors, and
reveres him as St. Gregory the Great.
Saint for the Day - St. Gregory the Great
Read about the Saint for today - March 12 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
The champions of faith prove the
truth of their teaching no less
by the holiness of their lives
than by the force of their
arguments. Never forget that to
convert others you must first
see to your own soul.
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