A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus? Quem patronum rogaturus? Cum vix iustus sit securus?
Recordare, Iesu pie, Quod sum causa tuae viae: Ne me perdas illa die...

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Walked to death

He was about sixty years old, but he had offended too many powerful people.

Soldiers took him and forced him to march for days in the hot sun.

His enemies thought they would thus be rid of him, but his message could not be silenced, for it was the message of Jesus Christ.

Indeed, so great was the old man’s eloquence that people called him “Golden Mouth.”

He would be hailed as one of the great Fathers of the Church.

His body broken by sadistic forced marches, John Chrysostom, Patriarch of Constantinople, nicknamed “Golden Mouth,” would come to the end of his physical strength and die on this very day in the year 407.

His words - the words of Christ - live on.