Pope St. Gregory

There are in truth three states of the converted: the beginning, the middle, and the perfection. In the beginning, they experience the charms of sweetness; in the middle, the contests of temptation; and in the end, the fullness of perfection.

Pope St. Gregory the Great

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As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence, we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.

Pope St. Gregory the Great

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The Holy Bible is like a mirror before our mind’s eye. In it we see our inner face. From the Scriptures we can learn our spiritual deformities and beauties. And there too we discover the progress we are making and how far we are from perfection.

Pope St. Gregory

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Every day you provide your bodies with good food to keep them from failing. In the same way, your good works should be the daily nourishment of your hearts. Your bodies are fed with food and your spirits with good works. You aren’t to deny your soul, which is going to live forever, what you grant to your body, which is going to die.

Pope St. Gregory

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He is not wise to me who is wise in words only, but he who is wise in deeds.

Pope St. Gregory

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What is God’s altar if not the soul of those who lead good lives? Rightly then, the heart of the just is said to be the altar of God.

Pope St. Gregory

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The Holy Spirit gives wisdom against folly, understanding against dullness, counsel against rashness, fortitude against fears, knowledge against ignorance, piety against hardness of our heart, and fear against pride.

Pope St. Gregory

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Learn the heart of God from the word of God.

Pope St. Gregory

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The words of those who bring up children will be as milk if they be good, but as deadly poison if they be evil.

Pope St. Gregory

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Holy Scripture is a stream in which the elephant may swim and the lamb may wade.

Pope St. Gregory

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