Dear Parish Faithful & Friends in Christ,
We continue to celebrate the Feast of Theophany, as we are now in that period known as the Afterfeast following the actual date of the Feast last Sunday, January 6.
In addition, on today, January 10, we commemorate one of the truly great Church Fathers, St. Gregory of Nyssa (+395), younger brother of St. Basil the Great. Though not the skilled ecclesiastical diplomat that St. Basil was, St. Gregory was even more brilliant in his theological writings and has left some enduring masterpieces to this day.
His Great Catechism is considered the most comprehensive theological treatise of the 4th c. which was a time that other enduring classics were being produced by St. Athanasius the Great (On the Incarnation); St. Basil the Great (On the Holy Spirit); and St. Gregory the Theologian (Five Theological Orations). In the meditation below, I have included a characteristic passage of St. Gregory of Nyssa's as he draws out the moral/ethical/spiritual implications of having been "baptized into Christ."
I have also provided a link to a summary of St. Gregory's life that will offer some of the details of his life and service to the Church.