Gregory the Great on Rome (and Perhaps Us) Prepared to Decline

This, from his Homilies on the Gospel 28, is just too much like our own time:

There was long life and health, material prosperity, growth of population and the tranquillity of daily peace, yet while the world was flourishing in itself, in their hearts it had withered away.

Our epitaph also?

Translation from Donald Dudley’s The Civilization of Rome, New York: New American Library, 1962.

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