For Gregory the Great, a hinge figure between the ancient world -- the Senate of Rome last met while Gregory was the city's bishop -- a hinge between the ancient world and the grand experiment called Christendom, for Gregory this awareness that to look upon the face of Christ brought knowledge of God inspired an extensive exploration of Scripture to discern how God would have us live, how the Church and its leaders could best serve those seeking to know Christ Jesus and the Father. Since rightful authority comes from God, Gregory reasoned, its exercise must ever include a pastoral intent.
Father James Flint, OSB
Saint Procopius Abbey
3 September 2011
Let us pray for the Benedictine monks of Portsmouth Abbey, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, on this their abbey's patronal feast day. May God prosper the work of their hands!
You may also be interested in the 2010 blog post that has a hymn to Saint Gregory the Great by J. Michael Thompson.