GREGORY THE GREAT
AN INSPIRATION FOR OUR AGE
In an age where there are so few statesman, and where our lives are dictated by an elite of unimaginably rich ideologues who are obsessed with the utterly mean world of eugenics, the culling of the human race, only the Popes stand up for life. The anguished Paul VI with a heroism consonant with Papal Infallibility, and at odds with his somewhat irresolute temperament, and which almost broke him, he heroically issued that great encyclical Humanae Vitae condemning contraception as gravely sinful. His successor Blessed John Paul II took on the Communist East and prevailed against the Soviet Union, and was instrumental in bringing it down. His confrontation with the Capitalist West was not a success, because unbridled capitalism is a many headed Hydra, and does not have an all embracing world view such as Marxism has to offer. However John Paul was magnificent in the broad sweep of his Pontificate which dealt with so many problems and this from a man who suffered the martyrdom of Parkinson’s disease. The philosopher Pope was followed by the gentle and equally saintly Benedict XVI, who suffered the martyrdom of being continually misunderstood, but who brought a very profound understanding of what the Church is, namely the dazzling Bride of Christ, who is ever the same, but always astonishingly new. If one was to say what the hall mark of his Pontificate, I think one would be inclined to say it was the beauty of Divine Wisdom in history. With the dramatic appearance of Pope Francis, we see the Vatican become Nazareth, with Francis like his Divine Master bringing the good news to the poor. This is taking place against a background where unscrupulous capitalists unite with some of the richest Arab nations to destroy Syria, which is enduring a dreadful passion. In an escalating Apocalypse scenario the collapsing nuclear reactor at Fukashima seems to point to the message of Our Lady of Akita, where Our Lady told Agnes Sasgawa the following:
“If men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the Bishops and the priests.
“The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see Cardinals opposing Cardinals, Bishops against other Bishops. The priests who venerate Me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres (other priests). Churches and altars will be sacked. The Church will be full of those who accept compromises, and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.
“The demon will be especially implacable against the souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of My sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will no longer be pardon for them.
“...Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone am able to still save you from the calamities which approach. Those who place their confidence in Me will be saved.”
One hopes and prays that such horrors will not happen, but sadly we deserve such punishments for all the terrible sins that like some spiritual darkness seem, at present, to be suffocating humanity amid unbridled sexual immorality, broken marriages, abortions on a gargantuan scale, and that is only part of the story as wars are waged across the world with ever increasing cruelty, all for greed, and all for money, and finally all for power. Satan sits enthroned in Washington, and Paris, but seems to have been temporarily unseated in London. He is causing untold agony in Syria, and Iraq, and his iron fist cruelly enforces sterilization and abortion in China, and in Russia one hopes that that phoenix Holy Russia will finally emerge from the dreadful fires of Marxist-Leninism and its dreadful progeny Stalinism, and like the fabled Firebird show forth that great spirit of the humble and suffering Christ who triumphs through the Cross, and not through power.
When Gregory The Great was elected in 590, he was about 50 years old, and was the third Pope from his family, his great grandfather being Felix III. Gregory came from one of the great Patrician families of Rome, and had the best education that could be had in that chaotic age. Gregory, one time prefect of Rome, founder of seven monasteries, monk, and reluctant ambassador to the Imperial Court in Constantinople, tried to evade the election. More worrying he was trying to do all he could to help the Roman populace caught in the midst of the plague. He had to administer the vast papal estates in North Africa, Dalmatia, Sicily, Gaul and bribe the barbarians who were always only too ready to descend and plunder Rome, because of the ineffectual exarch at Ravenna, who as the Emperor’s representative in Italy should have been keeping the peace.
Gregory combined brilliant administrative abilities, with a profound pastoral concern for the poor and the suffering, while writing an endless succession of letters, and theological treatises , one of the most illustrious being the Pastoral Rule. This, the first monk Pope, suffered from bad health, the result of too much fasting, had a great gift of friendship, enjoyed a good wine, which must have had a terrible effect on his weakened stomach, and managed to combine the contemplative life with the most demandingly active life. He saw himself as a watchman guarding the Church, which he saw as moving swiftly and inexorably towards the End of the World. But what is so wonderful is that this did not stop him being wonderfully effective in reforming a Church which had been disorientated by endless wars and suffering. Like the great shepherd he was, he continually and daily laid down his life for his flock, because he had to do his best to present the Bride of Christ to her spouse in the most dazzling beauty. Such was his greatness, that Gregory almost single handed gave us the Medieval World. He sent the first ever Papal mission to convert a race, and that race was the English, who still bear the hall mark of Gregory in their great bishops, and in some of their kings and statesman, most noticeably in Alfred, Edward the Confessor, and in Gladstone, to name but a few.
As we see the disgraceful lies and half truths being uttered about Syria today, we long for a Gregory the Great “The Consul of God”, who will teach the cynical world leaders of the West, and the cruel tyrants of the east, that the greatest title is “Servant of the servants of God”. For it is the rulers who cause such untold sufferings for the people of the Middle East. Would that Christ would come and bring the ages to the Close, but it does not seem that how dreadful things may soon become that that will happen, for great martyrs and saints will soon make their entrance into the Satanic mayhem, and bring the peace of Christ promised by Our Lady of Fatima, and at her appearances in Quito in the early 17th century under the title of Our Lady of Good Success. May Gregory, one of the greatest, if not the greatest of all Popes pray to God that peace will miraculously descend upon the Middle East, a true peace, which means the conversion of the Moslems, and then the conversion of the Jews.
Our Lady of Harissa pray for us.