By Leo P. McCauley (Translator)
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Powerful to those in grief is the remedy supplied by those who join in their grief. And those who have equal suffering are more effective in bringing consolation to those who suffer. To such, therefore, is our speech especially addressed. Regarding them, I should be ashamed if they should not be first in patience as in all other virtues. For, if they are greater lovers of their children than all others, let them also be greater lovers of wisdom and of Christ, pondering more deeply themselves on the passing from this life, and teaching their children.
If it were permitted me to speak of them freely, the Pelopidae, the Cecropidae, the Alcmaeonids, the Hera- 30 ST. GREGORY NAZIANZEN cleidae and all the other noblest families would be as nothing in comparison. For, having nothing of their own deserving of manifest praise, they have recourse to obscurity, boastfully connecting certain demigods and gods with their ancestors, in all of which what is illustrious is incredible and what is credible is a disgrace. ( 4) My discourse is about a man who claimed that a man's nobility is to be gauged by individual worth.
0 God and Father and Pilot of mankind! 0 Master of life and death! 0 Guardian and Benefactor of our souls! 0 You who make and change all seasonably by Your creative \Vord, and as You Yourself know by the depth of Your wisdom and providence, receive Caesarius now, the first fruits of our pilgrimage! And if the last is first, we yield to Your Word, by which the universe is ruled. And receive us, ready and not troubled by fear of You, not turning away in our last days, nor forcibly drawn from things of earth, as is the misfortune of souls loving the world and the flesh, but eagerly drawn to the heavenly life, everlasting and blessed, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory forever and ever.
Funeral Orations by Saint Gregory Nazianzen and Saint Ambrose by Leo P. McCauley (Translator)