GREGORY THE GREAT
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GREGORY was born in the year 540. He
was the son of a wealthy Roman senator; his mother was St. Silvia. Gregory's
father sent him to the best teachers. He was always humble.
Gregory was prefect of Rome for one year. Then
he sold all his property and used the money to build six monasteries in
Sicily and one in Rome, where he went to live as a monk. He continued his
kind deeds to help the needy.
One day he saw some slave children being offered
for sale near the Roman Forum. On being told they were Angles from England,
Gregory replied, "Not Angles, but Angels shall they be. The true Faith
must be brought to them." Obtaining permission from the Pope, he began
his journey as a missionary to England. The people of Rome asked the Pope
to let him come back.
After Gregory was elected Pope, he sent St. Augustine
and other monks to England in 597. He also sent missionaries to France,
Spain and Africa.
Pope Gregory is called Doctor of the Church because
of the many books he wrote, especially on the liturgy of the Mass and the
Office. He made wise laws to govern the Church. He died in the year 604.
O God, You look upon Your people with
compassion and rule them with love. Through the intercession of Pope St.
Gregory, give wisdom to the leaders of Your Church that the growth of Your
people in holiness may be the everlasting joy of our pastors.
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