Monday, June 6, 2011

Pope Gregory I

John Calvin (1509-1564) called Pope Gregory I "the last good pope". Whether that is true or not is irrelevant. What matters is that there are sufficient reasons for anyone to see him as an outstanding personality.

Better known as Gregory the Great, he was the first pope that came from a monastic background, completely devoted to spiritual work while renouncing any worldly pursuits.

taking the papcy in 590, a time of famine and strife for Rome, Pope Gregory made sure those who were suffering received food and shelter offered by the Church. At that time the church owned a vast amount of farmland that produced various goods for profit. Instead, Gregory the Great gave the goods to the poor and hungry. Even those who lived in wealthy homes but were still in need, he personally cooked and prepared foods for them and had them delivered as gifts as to save them from embarrassment (charity).

It was the chose of the people to turn to the papacy government rather than Constantinople.

What acts of charity or good deed can you offer today? I donated a jeep load of clothing, kitchenware and other odds and ends to a local nonprofit organization and some old cell phones at a drop off center to be refurbished for the needy.

Mary Jane ~

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