Life & Impact of St. Gregory the Great – Podcast

A podcast in which host Sonrise Morning show host Anna Mitchell quizzes Dr. Italy about the life and impact of Pope St. Gregory the Great on the occasion of his feast day, September 3.

Life of St. Gregory the Great

As the civilization in the West was dissolving into the Dark Ages, a man named Gregory was elected to fill the chair of St. Peter.  First prefect or mayor of Rome, then monk, then the Pope’s ambassador to Constantinople, then finally bishop of Rome, Gregory rocked the church and the civilized world.  He was a man who could walk with kings and yet was a person with whom the poor of Rome felt completely at home.

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In the history of the Catholic Church, only two popes have been accorded the epithet “the Great.”  In this 20 minute podcast, Dr. Italy discusses just a few of Gregory’s uniques strengths as diplomat, disciple, preacher, teacher of bishops and master story-teller, which explain why he was accorded the honor of being so-called.  The impact of Gregory’s writings and example upon the Western Church in the Middles Ages is hard to overestimate.  For even more about Gregory, see chapter 25 of Dr. Italy’s book When the Church was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers.  You can obtain a paperback copy autographed by the author from The Crossroads Initiative website.   For a brief bio of St. Gregory the Great and some the best excerpts from his writings, click here.

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