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St. John Chrysostom

Happy Sunday everybody! If the 13th of September fell on another day of the week, we would be remembering Saint John Chrysostom. Saint John Chrysostom was born in 347 in Antioch, in what is now the country of Turkey. His dad died pretty young and Saint John was raised by him mom. As a young man he was known to go into the wilderness and spend many hours in prayer. Being in the wilderness eventually took a toll on his health. So Saint John made his way back into the city and eventually he became a priest. It did not take long for him to become famous. Saint John was quite the scripture scholar and preacher. People would come in droves to hear him explain the scriptures! After twelve years, he became the bishop of Constantinople. Saint John was a very good bishop. He insisted that his priests live simple and moral lives. He was very good to the poor and those who were treated unjustly. Plus, with his own money he built several hospitals. Saint John was an effective bishop and preacher. His homilies meant so much that eventually Christians named him “golden mouth.” That is what “Chrysostom” means in the Greek language. Eventually, he became a Doctor of the Church. You can still find his writings, and his writings are still very relevant. Here’s a great quote on prayer attributed to Saint John Chrysostom:

“Prayer is a place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness.”

God bless and stay safe!

In Christ,

Fr. Steve Breck
Pastor, St. Mary Magdalene