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Christ the Saviour (Pantokrator), a 6th-century encaustic icon from Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai

What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people enlightened in mind and heart by the word of the Lord, and capable of opening the hearts and minds of many to the desire for God and for true life, life without end.”

Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter, Porta fidei, October 2011

when the desire for god touches men’s hearts

by author, Reason2bCatholic

When the desire for God touches men’s hearts the world will be made anew.  For a man is called to be another Christ.  What the world is in need of today is real manhood in the image and likeness of God Incarnate, Jesus Christ.

Men:  This is the challenge of our time.  It is the challenge of our Age.”

Jesus Christ with a sword - painted icon
Jesus Christ with a sword – painted icon

If Your Marriage is Like This

Have no concern for money.  Love your wife more than you love your own life.  Never be at odds, but be true.  Prefer her company at home above being out.  Esteem and admire her publicly, and advise her patiently.  Pray together, go to church, and discuss the readings and prayers.

If your marriage is like this, your perfection will rival the holiest of monks.”

Saint John Chrysostom, ca 400 A.D.

St. John Chrysostom was born in Antioch.  After a thorough education, he took up the ascetic life.  He was ordained to the priesthood, and became a fruitful and effective preacher.

He was elected Patriarch of Constantinople in 397, and was energetic in reforming the ways of the clergy and the laity alike.  He incurred the displeasure of the Emperor and was twice forced into exile.  When the second exile, to Armenia, had lasted three years, it was decided that he should be sent still further away, but he died on the journey, worn out by his hardships.

His sermons and writings did much to explain the Catholic faith and to encourage the living of the Christian life: his eloquence earned him the surname “Chrysostom” (the Greek for “golden mouth”).

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Byzantine Holy Icon - st john chrysostom
Byzantine Holy Icon, St. John Chrysostom. This icon is a reproduction from the authentic icon painted by the monks in the Cell of St. John the Theologian Holy Monastery of Koutloumousiou in Mount Athos, Greece. Credit: Athonite; https://www.athoniteusa.com/pages/about-us

Faith resembles a lamp. As a lamp lights the whole house, so the light of faith illumines the whole soul.”

Saint John Chrysostom
Jesus Christ Ruler of All, hand-painted Orthodox icon on wood

Jesus Christ, Ruler of All, I trust in you.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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