Feast Day of St. Basil: another Great Saint
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Many Catholics know that there have been very few Saints who have been called, "the Great." They are, as follows:

St. Gertrude the Great
St. Albertus Magnus (Latin for Albert the Great, naturally)  ;)
Pope St. Leo the Great
Pope St. Gregory the Great
Pope St. Nicholas the Great

Yet, with the exception of Pope Nicholas the Great, I would bet that most Catholics don't know that there is yet another Saint who has been given that title. St. Basil the Great deserved to be called just that. Today is his Feast Day on the Traditional Calendar, which celebrates his day of consecration.

Born circa 329 A.D., he is considered the Father of Eastern Monasticism. He's a Doctor of the Church, and was a defender of orthodoxy against the heresies of the time along with St. Athanasius. A good friend of St. Gregory Nazienzen, his was a life of suffering, but his work bore fruit in the decades after his death which occurred on January 1, 379 A.D. at Caesarea, Asia Minor.

St. Basil the Great, ora pro nobis.  :pray: 

More information about St. Basil the Great:

http://www.breviary.net/propsaints/props...ts0614.htm

http://www.magnificat.ca/cal/engl/06-14.htm

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02330b.htm

http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-basil-the-great/

http://www.doctorsofthecatholicchurch.com/B.html
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What about Alfred the Great?


Okay, so he's not officially recognized as a saint throughout the Church.....Yet......
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(06-14-2010, 05:01 PM)WanderingPenitent Wrote: What about Alfred the Great?


Okay, so he's not officially recognized as a saint throughout the Church.....Yet......

Actually, he is a Canonized Saint, but I think he's called "the Great" (the only English king called the Great, by the way) as per his reign more than his Catholicism. This being said, Alfred was a devout Catholic.
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I believe he's only locally venerated in England though.
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Don't forget JPII the Greatest and most Awesomest ever!!!  :laughing:

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