Archive for October 3rd, 2006

And now the exciting conclusion to “On the Catechizing of the Unlearned”.

Part 6



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Pastoral Care continues. In these chapters, we learn that a leader has to work as hard or harder than his subordinates! (To do good, live right, and pray, that is.)

He also notes that “it is clear that nature produced all men equal… Hence all who are over others ought to consider in themselves not the authority of their rank but the equality of their condition, and rejoice not to be over men, but to do them good.  For indeed our ancient fathers are said to have been not kings of men, but shepherds of flocks.”

Oh, but nobody in late antiquity or the Middle Ages knew anything about liberty and human rights.

Chapters 5-6


P.S. Gregory is actually quoting an earlier book of his. So this idea was pretty standard fare for him.

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Against Heresies continues its look at the apostles’ faith in one God. This is the bit with Paul in it. 🙂

Ch.12 (cont.)


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Against Heresies continues with a look at how Peter and the other apostles showed that they believed that Jesus and His Father were the same God as the God of Abraham.

Ch. 12: Doctrine of the Rest of the Apostles.


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Against Heresies continues with texts from the Gospel of John, as well as comments on the Gospels as a whole.

“The first living creature was like a lion,” symbolizing His effectual working, His leadership, and royal power; the second was like a calf, signifying [His] sacrificial and sacerdotal order; but “the third had, as it were, the face as of a man,” an evident description of His advent as a human being; “the fourth was like a flying eagle,” pointing out the gift of the Spirit hovering with His wings over the Church. And therefore the Gospels are in accord with these things….

Chapter 11: Proofs in Continuation, Extracted from St. John’s Gospel. The Gospels are Four in Number, Neither More Nor Less. Mystic Reasons for This.


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