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lunedì 19 aprile 2010

St. Gregory Thaumaturgus (the Wonderworker), Panegyric and Oration on Origen

Before St. Gregory Thaumaturgus was made bishop of his hometown and became a Church Father, he was just an ordinary law student in the Roman Empire. But then he studied philosophy with Origen, and was converted to Christianity by his efforts.

So in this speech of leavetaking from his teacher Origen, St. Gregory Thaumaturgus looks back into the past and thanks his mentor for all his kindness and rigorous care.

This audio is part of the collection: Open Source Audio
Creative Commons license: Public Domain

1 - Part 1: Unaccustomed to public speaking as I am....

2 - Part 2: Importance of gratitude. Gratitude to Origen and to Christ and to his guardian angel.

3 - Part 3: Brief autobiography of what led Gregory to meet Origen.

4 - Part 4: How Origen interested and trained his students in philosophy and critical thinking.

5 - Part 5: Origen teaches them geometry and astronomy and ethics. His teaching by his deeds made his philosophy and moral teachings stick. Gregory disclaims having any virtues himself.

6 - Part 6: Why Origen made them study all writers and philosophers. Why Origen discouraged clinging to a single philosophical school.

7 - Pt. 7: Origen as interpreter of scripture. Gregory laments his departure and consoles himself. Peroration and apology for oration. Apostrophe to Origen taking their leave and asking for prayer.

8 - Origen Thaumaturgus Gratitude

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