"Again Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." Jn 10: 7-10
Saint of the Day
Saint John Chrysostom
Doctor of the Church, Confessor
In 349 John was born in Antioch, a center of both culture and heresies. His father, Secundus, was a high-ranking army officer and probably a Roman and a Christian. His mother, Anthusa, was Greek and praised by her son for her piety and virtues. After a classical education, John was baptized during Easter 368.
He then aspired to become a monk and practiced severe austerities for several years, which led to an impairment of his health.
Ordained to the priesthood in 386, he began his illustrious career as a preacher. After twelve years, he succeeded Nectarius as the Patriarch of Constantinople. He instituted many reforms in the ecclesiastical life of the patriarchate, a project which made him unpopular with some of the clergy. His bluntness also created many enemies at court, one of them being the impress, Eudoxia.
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