Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sayings from the 'Golden-Mouthed'

Dear Parish Faithful,

Some fine quotations from St. John Chrysostom ("Golden Mouthed"). These were prepared by Presvytera Deborah.

Fr. Steven

  • If you cannot find Christ in the beggar at the church door, you will not find Him in the chalice.
  • Not to share our own wealth with the poor is theft from the poor and deprivation of their means of life; we do not possess our own wealth, but theirs.
  • No matter how just your words may be, you ruin everything when you speak with anger. 
  • Happiness can only be achieved by looking inward & learning to enjoy whatever life has and this requires transforming greed into gratitude.
  • When you are weary of praying, and do not receive, consider how often you have heard a poor man calling, and have not listened to him.
  • If you wish to leave much wealth to your children, leave them in God's care. Do not leave them riches, but virtue and skill. For if they learn to expect riches, they will not mind anything besides, and their abundant riches shall give them the means of screening the wickedness of their ways.
  • The road to Hell is paved with the bones of priests and monks, and the skulls of bishops are the lamp posts that light the path.    (Was this a message for me? - Fr Steven)
  • The rich man is not one who is in possession of much, but one who gives much.
  • God loves us more than a father, mother, friend, or any else could love, and even more than we are able to love ourselves.

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