Saints and Theology of the Heart - St. Gregory the Great

San Gregorio
"The test of love is seen in action.  Where love exists one does great
things and when it stops acting it ceases to exist”

San Gregorio Magno


See from his writings: 
St. Gregory the Great Dialogues
Epistles of St. Gregory the Great


Saint Gregory the Great in the fourth and last of the original Doctors of the Latin Church.  He defended the supremacy of the Pope and worked for reform of the clergy and in the monastic life. He combated the Nestorian heresy and made key contributions to Christology. 
He was born in Rome around the year 540, the son of Gordianus, an affluent senator that was led to renounce the world and to be one of the seven deacons of Rome.  

After Gregory had acquired a good education, the Emperor Justin named him principle magistrate of Rome in 574.  He was 34 years old.

After the death of his father he built seven monasteries, the last of which was his own house in Rome, which was named the Benedictine Monastery of Saint Andrew.  He himself took the monastic habit in 575, at the age of 35.  He was ordained a deacon and named pontifical legate in Constantinople.

After the death of Pelagius, Saint Gregory was unanimously chosen Pope by the priests and the people, on September 3, 590.  He exercised his charge as a true pastor, in his manner of governing, his help for the poor, and the propagation and strengthening of the faith.  He remained in contact with all the churches and, in spite of his own sufferings and labors, composed great written Works.  Among them there are magnificent contributions to the Liturgy of the Mass and of the Divine Office. 
He wrote many works about moral and dogmatic theology.   

His extraordinary work gained him the name “the Great”.  His zeal was to extend the faith throughout the entire world.   

He died March 12, 604. 

He is the patron of teachers. 



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