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Encouraging Words From A Great Saint

The following reading appeared in the Office of Readings for today. The author is St. Gregory of Nyssa, the brother of St. Basil. He vigorously fought against Arianism and was exiled until after the death of the Emperor Valens. He writes to encourage and form leaders in their duties to be a good example to those they serve. I know I have read it before, but it really inspired me this time. This is probably partly due to a number of things the program Good Leaders/Good Shepherds has been teaching us. 

Here is the reading: 

Whoever is in Christ is a new creation; the old has passed away. Now by the “new creation” Paul means the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in a heart that is pure and blameless, free of all malice, wickedness or shamefulness. For when a soul has come to hate sin and has delivered itself as far as it can to the power of virtue, it undergoes a transformation by receiving the grace of the Spirit. Then it is healed, restored and made wholly new. Indeed the two texts: Purge o…