Dialogues (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 39)

Dialogues (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 39)

Translated by ODO JOHN ZIMMERMAN
Copyright Date: 1959
Pages: 303
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    Dialogues (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 39)
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    eISBN: 978-0-8132-1139-8
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. v-viii)

    Gregory the Great (540?-604) is one of the strong men whom God raises up periodically to guide His Church and her members through periods of crises. His social and intellectual background and his spiritual formation prepared him well for the work awaiting him as supreme shepherd of God’s flock.

    When he was about thirty-five years old, he resigned from the high political office held, as Prefect of Rome, to enter religious life. He founded six monasteries on his estates in Sicily and turned his own home on the Caelian Hill in Rome into the Monastery of St. Andrew. Then, after...

  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-2)
  4. BOOK ONE
    (pp. 3-54)

    Some men of the world had left me feeling quite depressed one day with all their noisy wrangling. In their business dealings they try, as a rule, to make us pay what we obviously do not owe them. In my grief I retired to a quiet spot congenial to my mood, where I could consider every unpleasant detail of my daily work and review all the causes of my sorrow as they crowded unhindered before my eyes.

    I sat there for a long time in silence and was still deeply dejected when my dear son, the deacon Peter, came in....

  5. BOOK TWO
    (pp. 55-110)

    There was a man of saintly life; blessed Benedict was his name, and he was blessed also with God’s grace. Even in boyhood he showed mature understanding, for he kept his heart detached from every pleasure with a strength of character far beyond his years. While still living in the world, free to enjoy its earthly advantages, he saw how barren it was with its attractions and turned from it without regret.

    He was born in the district of Norcia² of distinguished parents, who sent him to Rome for a liberal education. But when he saw many of his fellow...

  6. BOOK THREE
    (pp. 111-188)

    In directing my attention to our more recent saints, I left those of the more distant past untouched. As a result I have apparently overlooked the miracles of Paulinus, Bishop of Nola, who is of an earlier period and more outstanding than many of the holy men whose memory I am recalling. So, I now am going back to set down briefly whatever facts I can gather about our earlier saints.

    The deeds of good men usually become known most quickly to those of similar character. Consequently, our forefathers, who modeled their lives on the example of the saints, were...

  7. BOOK FOUR
    (pp. 189-276)

    After Adam, the father of the human race, was driven from the joys of paradise as a result of sin, he entered upon the distress of this dark exile we are now suffering. Driven outside of himself by his sinful act, he was no longer able to perceive the joys of heaven which had been the object of his contemplation before. In paradise he habitually enjoyed converse with God and in purity of heart and loftiness of vision mingled with holy, angelic spirits. After falling from that noble state he also lost the inner light which enlightened his mind. Born...

  8. INDEX
    (pp. 277-287)