Today is the memorial of Pope Saint Gregory the Great! Born in Rome around the year 540 A.D., Gregory lived up to the meaning behind his name, leading a life of dedication to God and showing diligence in following His commands.
Born into a wealthy family, well-educated, and very intelligent, Gregory was part of a clerical lineage that included a previous pope and parents who both ended up being canonized. He converted his family's home into a monastery after his father died, and entered the religious life. He developed a heartfelt connection with monastic life, carrying on the tradition of his three paternal aunts, who were all nuns.
In time, Gregory was selected to a combined lay and clerical diplomatic mission to Constantinople, to ask for Byzantine military aid for Rome. After his time there, he returned to Rome with the intent of settling into a life of monastic prayer and retreat—only to be elected to the Papacy, a position that he bemoaned, by all accounts. He is known to have written, praising the quiet life of monks and decrying ambitions to the Chair of Peter, along with over eight hundred letters on various topics.
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