Flooding overwhelmed the city
The government at every level seemed to be helpless. Only one man stood out in the minds of the beleaguered people as someone who could get them out of this crisis...
The abbot of the local monastery.
He was subsequently chosen to be the new bishop of the city, over his strong objections.
Gregory, the Abbot of St. Andrew’s monastery, was literally dragged out of his monastery and consecrated Bishop of the flood and disease ravaged city of Rome on this very day in the year 590.
He went on to restore the city, reform and build up the Church, and write a treasure house of spiritual wisdom for the ages.
Today we celebrate the memory of Pope St. Gregory the Great.
(from an earlier post)