Saint Gregory was the pope from 590 to 604, reformer and excellent administrator, “founder” of the medieval papacy, which exercised both secular and spiritual power. His epithet, “the Great,” reflects his status as a writer as well as a ruler. Gregory’s moral theology shaped medieval spirituality and in his writings offered a practical wisdom for the Christians of his day. Several of his works, including the Moralia on Job (579–596) and his handbook for rulers, Pastoral Rule (591), were extremely popular.
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