Saint for the Day - May 9 - St. Gregory Nazianzen
Gregory was born of
saintly parents, and was the chosen friend of St.
Basil. They studied together at Athens, turned at
the same time from the fairest worldly prospects,
and for some years lived together in seclusion,
self-discipline, and toil. Gregory was raised,
almost by force, to the priesthood; and was in time
made Bishop of Nazianzum by St. Basil, who had
become Archbishop of Cęsarea.
When he was fifty years old, he was chosen, for his
rare gifts and his conciliatory disposition, to be
Patriarch of Constantinople, then distracted and
laid waste by Arian and other heretics. In that city
he labored with wonderful success. The Arians were
so irritated at the decay of their heresy that they
pursued the Saint with outrage, calumny, and
violence, and at length resolved to take away his
life. For this purpose they chose a resolute young
man, who readily undertook the sacrilegious
commission. But God did not allow him to carry it
out. He was touched with remorse, and cast himself
at the Saint's feet, avowing his sinful intent. St.
Gregory at once forgave him, treated him with all
kindness, and received him amongst his friends, to
the wonder and edification of the whole city, and to
the confusion of the heretics, whose crime had
served only as a foil to the virtue of the Saint.
St. Jerome boasts that he had sat at his feet, and
calls him his master and his catechist in Holy
Scripture. But his lowliness, his austerities, the
insignificance of his person, and above all his very
success, drew down on him the hatred of the enemies
of the Faith. He was persecuted by the magistrates,
stoned by the rabble, and thwarted and deserted even
by his brother bishops. During the second General
Council he resigned his see, hoping thus to restore
peace to the tormented city, and retired to his
native town, where he died in 390. He was a graceful
poet, a preacher at once eloquent and solid; and as
a champion of the Faith so well equipped, so
strenuous, and so exact, that he is called St.
Gregory the Theologian.
Saint for the Day - St. Gregory Nazianzen
Read about the Saint for today - May 9 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
"We must overcome our enemies,"
said St. Gregory, "by
gentleness; win them over by
forbearance. Let them be
punished by their own
conscience, not by our wrath.
Let us not at once wither the
fig-tree, from which a more
skilful gardener may yet entice
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