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31—Gregory of Nyssa: Zero to Hero

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Jan 12, 2021 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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Gregory of Nyssa was born into a family of high achievers. His brother was Basil the Great; his sister was Macrina the Younger. In Gregory’s young life, however, he was something of a disappointment. It’s not that he was a sinner or unbeliever, but he seemed to lack the holy ambition and drive that were characteristic of his older siblings. Basil often reprimanded him as a bumbler. But at Basil’s death Gregory came into his own and suddenly emerged a major player on the world scene—a master of spiritual and systematic theology, a leader at councils, a healer of divisions in the Church.


Gregory Nazianzen, Letter 1, on his disappointment with Gregory of Nyssa

Basil the Great, Letter 58, a reproach to Gregory his brother

Gregory of Nyssa, Against Eunomius, Book 1

Gregory of Nyssa, The Great Catechism

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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