Holy Spirit, when John Chrysostom was being persecuted, Saint Anysius ran to his defense. He begged the Pope to return him to his office of Bishop. As a bishop himself, he convinced fifteen others to stop worrying about possible repercussions and join the cause. However they could not overcome the emperor’s will before Saint John died from physical abuses. I ask Saint Anysius to pray for me to have the courage to defend those who are being oppressed, even if the cause seems hopeless. O Lord, work through me to bring aid, comfort, hope, and freedom to the downtrodden. Saint Anysius, pray for us. Amen.
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