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Saint John Chrysostom (347–407)

Saint John Chrysostom (347–407)

Patron saint of orators, preachers, and speakers

Feast day: September 13

Saint John Chrysostom was a bishop who was unpopular with the rich and powerful people of his time. He lived simply, and preached dramatically and concretely that the rich should share with the poor and that husbands should be faithful to their wives—both unpopular ideas in his day. He had no desire to be a bishop and refused to take part in the politics of the day. John Chrysostom, a humble person, was clear about who he was and from whom his power came. (Taken from Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens [Saint Mary’s Press]) 

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