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Ephraim of Syria - (ca. 306-373), Syrian biblican exegete and ecclesiastical writerSaint Ephraim was born to wealthy parents in Nisibis (Mesopotamia) at the beginning of the fourth century and brought up in the fear of the Lord. Because of hisMoreEphraim of Syria - (ca. 306-373), Syrian biblican exegete and ecclesiastical writerSaint Ephraim was born to wealthy parents in Nisibis (Mesopotamia) at the beginning of the fourth century and brought up in the fear of the Lord. Because of his youthfulness, he was of the opinion that everything happens by chance, but the following unpleasant happening convinced him he was wrong. Once, the young Ephraim was accused of stealing sheep, for which the judge sent him to jail even though he was completely innocent. Finding himself in the dungeon and lamenting over what’s happened, Ephraim once saw in a dream how he was being punished for other sins that he truly committed. After a certain period, the judge found out about his innocence and released him. Ephraim realized that peoples’ lives were not directed by blind chance, but by Lord God. After this, Ephraim abandoned the world and withdrew into the mountains with the recluses, where he became a disciple of Saint James of Nisibis. Under his guidance, Ephraim changed and became meek, penitent and committed to God.Gregory the Great - (ca. 540-604), Pope from 590Only two popes, Leo I and Gregory I, have been given the popular title of the Great. Both served during difficult times of barbarian invasions in Italy- and during Gregorys term of office, Rome was also faced with famine and epidemics.Gregory was born around 540, of a politically influential family, and in 573 he became Prefect of Rome- but shortly afterwards he resigned his office and began to live as a monk. In 579 he was made representative of the Pope to the Patriarch of Constantinople. Shortly after his return home, the Pope died of the plague, and in 590 Gregory was elected Pope.