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Every day this Lent, we’ll explore the
life and faith of a bearded Catholic saint.
We’ll pray with them, and together we’ll grow in holiness and manliness.
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St. Gregory the Great
FEAST DAY: SEPTEMBER 3RD | LIVED: 540–604
St. Gregory was a massive reformer who was much beloved in his own time and still is by almost all branches of the Christian Tradition. He had a huge impact on the whole body of Church’s teachings and was given the title “The Great” by the body of believers. He started his religious formation in a monastery but found that the life of a monk was not for him. He was the first pope to ever have a monastic background. He sought in his life to make sweeping changes in the way the Church understood the role of giving, and during Lent many of these teachings come to focus as we seek to give alms to those in need.
“We make Idols of our concepts, but Wisdom is born of wonder.”
Daily Blessing of the Beard
Lord above, bless this beard
As it grows from my face.
Let it serve as a reminder that I am yours.
Let it serve as a symbol of my role in your kingdom.
Let it serve as a sign of your blessing in my life.
As I was anointed and claimed for you at my Baptism,
I anoint this beard as a reminder of love.
Lord help us to know that,
The only true riches are those that make us rich in virtue.
That if we seek to be rich, we must love true riches.
If we aspire to the heights of real honor,
We must strive to reach the kingdom of Heaven.
If we value rank and renown,
We must hasten to be enrolled in the heavenly court of the Angels.