St. John Chrysostom
‘Golden-mouthed’ preacher stood up to a corrupt empire
Feast: September 13
Born in Antioch, St. John Chrysostom (Greek for “golden-mouthed”) was among the great preachers in the history of the church and the most prominent Greek father of the church. After meeting the holy bishop Meletius, he spent three years studying the Scriptures and religious writings, was baptized, and lived for two years in the desert as a hermit. Returning to Antioch because of poor health, he was ordained a priest in 386. In 398 he was forcibly appointed patriarch of Constantinople. He was renowned for his preaching and courage in the face of the Byzantine Empire, whose corruption and decadence he never shirked from criticizing. He died in exile. Many of his writings survive, and he is honored as a doctor of the church.
- Catholic News Agency
Northwest Catholic - September 2017