John Chrystostom was an early church father, and doctor of the church, that was born in A.D. 347.  He was the Bishop of Constantinople and regularly spoke out against Ecclesiastical and political abuse.

His writings and homilies are immense and include many commentaries and treatises.  One of his lasting impacts on the Faith is seen in the divine liturgy of the Eastern churches.


7 Powerful  and Challenging Quote of St. John Chrysostom


1 “This is the cause of all evils, the not knowing the Scriptures. We go into battle without arms, and how are we to come off safe?”


2 “Make sure that you do not limit your prayer merely to a particular part of the day. Turn to prayer at anytime.”


3 “Let the mouth also fast from disgraceful speeches and railings. For what does it profit if we abstain from fish and fowl and yet bite and devour our brothers and sisters? The evil speaker eats the flesh of his brother and bites the body of his neighbor. ”


4 “Just as those who are deprived of light cannot walk straight, so also those who do not behold the ray of the Holy Scriptures must necessarily sin, since they walk in the deepest darkness.”


5 “Let no one grieve at his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again; for forgiveness has risen from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free. He has destroyed it by enduring it.”


6 “If you cannot find Christ in the beggar at the church door, you will not find Him in the chalice.”


7 “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.”