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Repetitio Mater Memoriae

Monday was Labor Day. But that's a secular holiday. On the Church Calendar, September 3 was not a celebration of "workers" but rather of a "worker" in the Kingdom of Heaven. The Feast Day of St. Gregory. Before Brother Aidan could preach the gospel in manuscripts too beautiful for the world, Rome would find it's own heart broken for the beauty of people who were "non Angli, sed Angeli." Such were words spoken by Pope Gregory the Great in the twilight of the 6th century, and it was his conviction that bade Augustine of Canterbury to bring the gospel to those barbaric chieftains of Anglo-Saxon island of Britannia. And when the Roman Christians came north they found those Irish Christians sowing the gospel south. We owe much of our Christian heritage to the work and ministry of Saint Gregory, or Saint Patrick. As Paul says, "But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15).  The interesting thing is that the story of England is no story at all without

LIPPI, Fra Filippo Sts Gregory and Jerome c. 1437 Tempera and gold on wood, Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti, Turin

the Church. Such holidays remind us that our faith does not begin or end with us, who are living.


Here is our agenda for today. Blessings!

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