St John Chrysostom, Bishop & Doctor – 13 Sep
John’s father died when he was young, and he was raised by a very pious mother. Well educated; studied rhetoric under Libanius, one of the most famous orators of his day. Monk. Preacher and priest for a dozen years in Syria. While there he developed a stomach ailment that troubled him the rest of his life.
It was for his sermons that John earned the title Chrysostom = golden mouthed. They were always on point, they explained the Scriptures with clarity, and they sometimes went on for hours. Made a reluctant bishop of Constantinople in 398, a move that involved him in imperial politics. He criticized the rich for not sharing their wealth, fought to reform the clergy, prevented the sale of ecclesiastical offices, called for fidelity in marriage, encouraged practices of justice and charity. Archbishop and Patriarch of Constantinople. Revised the Greek Liturgy. Because John’s sermons advocated a change in their lives, some nobles and bishops worked to remove him from his diocese; he was twice exiled from his diocese. Banished to Pythius, he died on the road.
Greek Father of the Church. Proclaimed Doctor of the Church in 451.
It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life. – Saint John Chrysostom
What prayer could be more true before God the Father than that which the Son, who is Truth, uttered with His own lips? – Saint John Chrysostom
God asks little, but He gives much. – Saint John Chrysostom
The love of husband and wife is the force that welds society together. – Saint John Chrysostom
Why force the day to receive more than the distress which is allotted to it, and together with its own trouble add to it also the burden of the following day? – Saint John Chrysostom
When you are before the altar where Christ reposes, you ought no longer to think that you are amongst men; but believe that there are troops of angels and archangels standing by you, and trembling with respect before the sovereign Master of Heaven and earth. Therefore, when you are in church, be there in silence, fear, and veneration. – Saint John Chrysostom
If the Lord should give you power to raise the dead, He would give much less than He does when he bestows suffering. By miracles you would make yourself debtor to Him, while by suffering He may become debtor to you. And even if sufferings had no other reward than being able to bear something for that God who loves you, is not this a great reward and a sufficient remuneration? Whoever loves, understands what I say. – Saint John Chrysostom