St. Gregory (I) the Great the Dialogist and Pope of Rome (+March 12, 604)
Commemorated March 12
St. Gregory was the Pope of Rome from September 3, 590 until his repose on March 12, 604. He is noted for his writings, and the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts has been attributed to him.
Following his father’s death, St. Gregory sold his family’s large land holdings in Italy to help the poor. After turning his home into a monastery named for St. Andrew, he was appointed an ambassador to Constantinople; however, St. Gregory had no taste for the worldly atmosphere of the court. After St. Gregory was consecrated as Bishop of Rome on September 3, 590, he sent St. Augustine of Canterbury to evangelize Britain.
St. Gregory is known as “Gregory the Dialogist” for his four-volume “Dialogues,” which relates the lives and miracles of the saints of Italy and of the afterlife. His prolific writings include the “Pastoral Rule,” which served as the prime manual for Western priests for many years.
A quote from St. Gregory:
“Every day you provide your bodies with good to keep them from failing. In the same way your good works should be the daily nourishment of your hearts. Your bodies are fed with food and your spirits with good works. You aren’t to deny your soul, which is going to live forever, what you grant to your body, which is going to die.”