Saint for the Day - May 25 - St. Gregory VII
Gregory VII., by name
Hildebrand, was born in Tuscany, about the year
1013. He was educated in Rome. From thence he went
to France, and became a monk at Cluny. Afterwards he
returned to Rome, and for many years filled high
trusts of the Holy See. Three great evils then
afflicted the Church: simony, concubinage, and the
custom of receiving investiture from lay hands.
Against these three corruptions Gregory never ceased
As legate of Victor II. he held a Council at Lyons,
where simony was condemned. He was elected Pope in
1073, and at once called upon the pastors of the
Catholic world to lay down their lives rather than
betray the laws of God to the will of princes. Rome
was in rebellion through the ambition of the Cenci.
Gregory excommunicated them. They laid hands on him
at Christmas during the midnight Mass, wounded him,
and cast him into prison. The following day he was
rescued by the people. Next arose his conflict with
Henry IV., Emperor of Germany. This monarch, after
openly relapsing into simony, pretended to depose
the Pope. Gregory excommunicated the emperor. His
subjects turned against him, and at last he sought
absolution of Gregory at Canossa. But he did not
He set up an antipope, and besieged Gregory in the
castle of St. Angelo. The aged pontiff was obliged
to flee, and on May 25, 1085, about the
seventy-second year of his life and the twelfth year
of his pontificate, Gregory entered into his rest.
His last words were full of a divine wisdom and
patience. As he was dying, he said, "I have loved
justice and hated iniquity, therefore I die in
exile." His faithful attendant answered, "Vicar of
Christ, an exile thou canst never be, for to thee
God has given the Gentiles for an inheritance, and
the uttermost ends of the earth for thy possession."
Saint for the Day - St. Gregory VII
Read about the Saint for today - May 25 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Eight hundred years are passed
since St. Gregory died, and we
see the same conflict renewed
before our eyes. Let us learn
from him to suffer any
persecution from the world or
the state, rather than betray
the rights of the Holy See.
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