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St Basil the Great was a very holy man As our reading puts it He had significant intellectual gifts yet he showed beyond intelligence a wisdom to search out the deep secrets of the mysteries of God It was no surprise that Basil grew up to be an excellent ambassador for Catholicism His family was packed full of great Catholics His grandfather was a martyr and his parents grandmother and three siblings are also saints Like many great holy men Basil was not always very religious He went through his conversion while teaching rhetoric in his hometown After visitng several monasteries he eventually founded his own in modern-day Turkey He fought the Arian heresy for years and his teachings lead to anti-Arian decisions at the Council of Constantinople Basil was named one of the Great Fathers of the Church St Basil the Great was one of the most impressive Catholic thinkers throughout all of history The main idea of Basils letter that we read was that all human beings have the potential for holiness if we let God into our minds and hearts To me this letter was very clearly St Basils general guide to holiness In the opening paragraph Basil writes that he understand and knows that holiness is not easy to achieve He says that he has been exiled from society because of what he is fighting for but it is worth it because Jesus taught that holiness is the way to salvation He suggests that people should follow him The second paragraph begins his explanation of how to ahchieve holiness The first sentence We must strive after a quiet mind is an interesting one This means that we must clear our minds of all thoughts and just listen to God He writes about how the world always presents us with problems but if we do not take the time to sit back and relax and let God talk to us then
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