Featured Saint 21/1/22

St Gregory of Nyssa

Claim to fame: Saint Gregory of Nyssa was a philosophical theologian and mystic, leader of the orthodox party in the 4th-century Christian controversies over the doctrine of the Trinity. Primarily a scholar, he wrote many theological, mystical, and monastic works in which he balanced Platonic and Christian traditions.

A younger son of a distinguished family, Gregory was educated in his native province but was more deeply influenced by his philosophical training than by the other two Cappadocian Fathers of the Church, his brother St. Basil of Caesarea and their friend St. Gregory of Nazianzus. 

 

Quote: Who gives you the day will give you also the things necessary for the day.

 

Fun fact: Gregory disliked attending gatherings of bishops but was periodically invited to preach at such occasions. His last public appearance was at a council at Constantinople.