Semper Idem*

Gregory of Nazianzus was the Archbishop of Constantinople in the fourth century. It somewhat comforts, and somewhat disturbs me to find that he wrestled with division in the Church in his own time. He writes this:

How long are parties to be mine and yours, the old and the new, the more rational and the more spiritual, the more noble and the more ignoble, the more and the less numerous? I am ashamed of my old age, when, after being saved by Christ, I am called by the name of others.

He wished simply that the others might follow his example and prefer obscurity over conflict. If only we had more Christians like him around today.

* Latin for “always the same.”


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