Future Priests of the Third Millennium

A little insight into the life of seminarians from various dioceses preparing for ministry as Roman Catholic priests, including daily activities, personal interests, special events, the spiritual life, news from the seminary, and almost whatever comes to our minds!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

St. Gregory of Nazianzen

Today the Church celebrates two bishops of the early church, who have also been declared doctors of the Church--the one named above and St. Basil the Great. The second reading from the Office of Readings is taken from a homily by St. Gregory and it struck me as I re-read it. "Our rivalry [between Gregory and Basil] consisted, not in seeking the first place for oneself but in yielding it to the other, for we each looked on the other's success as his own." I have found this to be true in my time in seminary formation. One of the most beautiful parts of seminary formation is knowing that what I am learning is not just for my own personal gain but for the good of the Church. This day brings me back to two years ago when I was able to go to Rome and I was able to be at the Basilica of St. Peter for mass and I was surprised to find out that St. Gregory is buried in the Basilica. The picture that I have posted above is of his grave.

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