I’ve struggled to understand the mystery of God’s nature—which isn’t surprising because, in a real sense, it is unknowable. Today is the feast day of Sts. Basil and Gregory Nazianzen—both doctors of the Roman church, both key figures in Eastern Orthodoxy. Gregory is one of three Orthodox saints designated “theologian.” Basil is father of Eastern monasticism and a major influence on its western form. Basil and Gregory were very close from the time they met in boarding school and remained friends through life despite separation by duties. Both played key roles in the 300s, along with Basil’s brother St. Gregory of Nyssa, as Church structures and theology developed. A major conflict of their time was belief about the nature of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Both were key advocates of the Trinitarian formula—the central mystery of our faith. Let’s celebrate the struggle to understand God’s nature and those devoted to it, including Basil and Gregory
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