Memorial of Saints Basil and Gregory | Jason Gaarder

A reflection for the Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church

by Jason Gaarder

The reason I picked this feast day of Saints Basil and Gregory is because my favorite uncle was actually named Basil Gregory. I called him Uncle Bill and he passed away 19 years ago. Until I saw the sign-up sheet for these reflections, I had no idea that saints representing Uncle Bill’s first and last names shared the same feast day. How I wish that Uncle Bill was still alive so that I could ask him if his parents picked the first name of Basil for that very reason. I only saw Uncle Bill once or twice a year, but, whether he knew it or not, he was one of those people whose influence certainly was a dash of a fragrant spice that made a positive and lasting contribution to the recipe of who I am today.   

With this period around the New Year being a time for reflecting on where we have been and where we are going, for the feast day of Saints Basil and Gregory, I plan to spend some time reflecting upon several people like Uncle Bill who, while an infrequent part of my life, made very tangible and positive impacts upon me. After thanking God for bringing those people into my life, I plan to pray to God to help me live my life in such a way that I may end up having a similar positive and lasting impact upon at least several people for whom I am an infrequent visitor in their lives.

Dear God, Thank you so much for bringing [insert name or names] into my life and for opening my heart to [his, her, or their] positive and lasting influence upon me. Please help me to pay that forward by living my life in such a way that I may have a similar impact upon others.