I came across a quote from Saint Gregory the Great, the Pope from the 6th Century. It made me think of Easter. But before unveiling the quote, a word or two about Gregory.
Gregory, born in 540 to a wealthy patrician family, was elected prefect of Rome in his late 20s, an incredible feat. Dissatisfied with this life, he resigned and became a Benedictine monk. Renowned for his holiness and his discipline, the clergy and people of Rome elected him Pope at age 50. As Pope, he removed unworthy priests from office, lived in monastic simplicity, used funds from the papal treasury to care for victims of the plague, famine, and war, dealt with the Lombard king who was attacking Rome, converted Great Britain to Catholicism, introduced 'Gregorian chant' and other prayers into the Mass, and wrote a book, "On Pastoral Care," which is still read today. There is much more Gregory did. Paul the Deacon, who served with him in Rome and later wrote about his life, quipped, "He never rested." There is a reason he is dubbed the Great. All popes, bishops, and priests should model themselves after this saint.