St.Gregory the Theologian’s Oration “On the Love of the Poor” with commentary (1of 3)

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ST. GREGORY THE THEOLOGIAN’S ORATION 14 – image

ON THE LOVE OF THE POOR (I of III)

St. Gregory the Theologian begins, “brothers and sisters, poor with me– for all of us are needy of divine grace … accept my words on love of the poor that you may be rich in God’s Kingdom.”

We all have weaknesses- disabilities, if you will- none of us can achieve the likeness of Christ on our own, we are but individual members of Christ’s Body (1 Cor. 12); and divine grace must be sought prayerfully for all our efforts. St. Gregory continues, listing the various virtues, seeking

the supreme virtue and award it first place.” (14.1)

He begins with

faith, hope, and love, these three” (1 Cor. 13)

and after listing many others, he says they are

all summed up by ‘contemplation’ and ‘action.’ Each is…

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