September 13

Saint John ChrysostomAlmighty God, Saint John Chrysostom was very vocal in condemning the sinful customs of his society, earning the name “John of the Golden Tongue.”  With his powers of persuasion, he stopped immoral performances of plays.  I ask him to pray for the improvement of my own discernment regarding what plays, movies, comedy clubs, and TV shows to watch, and for my family and friends to turn away from sinful entertainment.  O Lord, bless those who choose what kinds of shows to promote and inspire them to increase the amount of wholesome shows that are available for us all to enjoy.  Saint John, pray for us.  Amen.

QUOTES by Saint John Chrysostom

For there are many who show mercy, who refuse to rob others and who are not covetous but who still may remain entangled in sins. >>

Jesus speaks here (Blessed are the merciful) not only of those who show mercy by giving worldly goods but also of those who demonstrate mercy in their actions. There are many ways to show mercy. The commandment is broad in its implications. What reward can people expect if they obey the commandment? ‘They obtain mercy.’ >>

Even if we have thousands of acts of great virtue to our credit, our confidence in being heard must be based on God’s mercy and His love for men. Even if we stand at the very summit of virtue, it is by mercy that we shall be saved. >>

God assents more when called on by ourselves than by others; and He often delays the giving, not from the wish that we should be utterly perplexed, nor to send us out with empty hands, but in order that He may become the author of greater good things to us. >>

As water extinguishes fire, so prayer extinguishes the heat of the passions. >>

God does not impede temptations. First, so that you may be convinced of your strength; secondly, that you may be humble, not proud. >>

We have found the Messiah, that is to say, the Christ.’ Notice how his (Andrew’s), words reveal what he has learned in so short a time. They show the power of the master who has convinced them of this truth. Andrew’s words reveal a soul waiting with the utmost longing for the coming of the Messiah, looking forward to his appearing from heaven, rejoicing when he does appear, and hastening to announce so great an event to others. To support one another in the things of the spirit is the true sign of good will between brothers, loving kinship and sincere affection. >>

For where God wills, nature yields. For He willed. He had the power. He descended. He redeemed. All things move in obedience to God. This day He Who is born and He Who is becomes what He is not. He is God become man, yet not departing from His Godhead. >>

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