Saints Alive! | St. John Chrysostom

He 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 “Chrystostom” (the Greek for “golden mouth”). Credit: from our friends at Universalis.com. For more about this saint, Father and Doctor of the Church, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Divine Office | For me, life means Christ, and death is gain

In today's Office of Readings we encounter a reading from a sermon by St John Chrysostom, bishop (349-407 A.D.).

He was elected Patriarch of Constantinople in 397. His sermons and writings did much to explain the Catholic faith and to encourage the living of the Christian life, and his eloquence earned him the surname “Chrysostom” (the Greek for “golden mouth”).

For a reflection, "For me, life means Christ, and death is gain," please click on the image.

Peace be with you!

Divine Office | We are Christians as well as leaders

In today's Office of Readings we encounter a reading from a sermon On Pastors by St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 A.D.).

He wrote an enormous amount and left a permanent mark on both philosophy and theology. His Confessions, as dazzling in style as they are deep in content, are a landmark of world literature. The Second Readings in the Office of Readings contain extracts from many of his sermons and commentaries and also from the Confessions.

For a reflection, "We are Christians as well as leaders," please click on the image.

Peace be with you!