SAINT
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.
Prayers
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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