Sunday, January 02, 2005

If it were not Sunday...
today would be the feast of Sts. Basil the Great
and Gregory of Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church- and good friends as well.
In Historical Sketches, Volume II by Venerable John Henry Newman, there is a chapter on Basil and Gregory. Here's a quote:

Gregory the affectionate, the tender-hearted, the man of quick feelings, the accomplished, the eloquent preacher,—and Basil, the man of firm resolve and hard deeds, the high-minded ruler of Christ's flock, the diligent labourer in the field of ecclesiastical politics. Thus they differed; yet not as if they had not much in common still; both had the blessing and the discomfort of a sensitive mind; both were devoted to an ascetic life; both were men of classical tastes; both were special champions of the Catholic creed; both were skilled in argument, and successful in their use of it; both were in highest place in the Church, the one Exarch of Cæsarea, the other Patriarch of Constantinople.


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