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.— Saint John Chrysostom
The most surprising Saint John Chrysostom quotes that are new and everybody is talking about
To destroy the fetus 'is something worse than murder.
' The one who does this 'does not take away life that has already been born, but prevents it from being born.'
The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.
It is impossible to be saved without the help of the Most Blessed Virgin, because those who are not saved by the justice of God are saved by the intercession of Mary.
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 rich man is not one who is in possession of much, but one who gives much.
You cannot pray at home, like you can at church, where there is a great multitude; where exclamations are cried out to God as from one great heart, and where there is something more: the unions of minds, the accord of souls, the bond of charity, the prayers of priests.
The Eucharist is a fire that inflames us, that, like lions breathing fire, we may retire from the altar being made terrible to the devil.
God loves us more than a father, mother, friend, or any else could love, and even more than we are able to love ourselves.
Prayer should be the means by which I, at all times, receive all that I need, and, for this reason, be my daily refuge, my daily consolation, my daily joy, my source of rich and inexhaustible joy in life.
It is better to err by excess of mercy than by excess of severity.
. .Wilt thou become a Saint? Be severe to thyself but kind to others.
When we teach our children to be good, to be gentle, to be forgiving (all these are attributes of God), to be generous, to love their follow men, to regard this present age as nothing, we instill virtue in their souls, and reveal the image of God within them.
Faithfulness in little things is a big thing.
No one has ever been accused for not providing ornaments, but for those who neglect their neighbour a hell awaits with an inextinguishable fire and torment in the company of the demons. Do not, therefore, adorn the church and ignore your afflicted brother, for he is the most precious temple of all.
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.
Poor human reason, when it trusts in itself, substitutes the strangest absurdities for the highest divine concepts
If there were no tribulation, there would be no rest;
if there were no winter, there would be no summer.
We are commanded to have only one enemy, the devil.
With him never be reconciled! But with a brother, never be at enmity in thy heart.
Many can give money to those in need, but to personally serve the needy readily, out of love, and in a fraternal spirit, requires a truly great soul.
You can set up an altar to God in your minds by means of prayer.
And so it is fitting to pray at your trade, on a journey, standing at a counter or sitting at your handicraft.
God helps those who work, not those who are idle.
No one helps an inactive person, but one who joins in the labor. The good God himself will bring...work to perfection.
Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again; for forgiveness has risen from the grave.
It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life.
The test of sincerity of one's prayer is the willingness to labor on its behalf.
A friend is more to be longed for than the light;
I speak of a genuine one. And wonder not: for it were better for us that the sun should be extinguished, than that we should be deprived of friends; better to live in darkness, than to be without friends
The desire to rule is the mother of heresies.
Imagine your anger to be a kind of wild beast, because it has ferocious teeth and claws, and if you don't tame it, it will devastate all things even corrupting the soul.
You can call happy those who saw Him.
.. But, come to the altar and you will see Him, you will touch Him, you will give to Him holy kisses, you will wash Him with your tears, you will carry Him within you like Mary Most Holy.
We pray not to inform God or instruct Him but to beseech Him closely, to be made intimate with Him, by continuance in supplication; to be humbled; to be reminded of our sins.
Mercy imitates God and disappoints Satan.
When you are before the altar where Christ reposes, you ought no longer to think that you are amongst men; but believe that there are troops of angels and archangels standing by you, and trembling with respect before the sovereign Master of Heaven and earth. Therefore, when you are in church, be there in silence, fear, and veneration.
What is it to be a fool for Christ? It is to control one's thoughts when they stray out of line. It is to make the mind empty and free.
If repentance is neglected for an instant, one can lose the power of the Resurrection as he lives with the weakness of tepidity and the potential of his fall.
Every family should have a room where Christ is welcome in the person of the hungry and thirsty stranger.
Dost thou wish to receive mercy? Show mercy to thy neighbor.
As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man.
When we once begin to form good resolutions, God gives us every opportunity of carrying them out.
When the Mass is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels, who adore the Divine Victim immolated on the altar.
If we approach with faith, we too will see Jesus.
.. for the Eucharistic table takes the place of the crib. Here the Body of the Lord is present, wrapped not in swaddling clothes but in the rays of the Holy Spirit.
This is the rule of most perfect Christianity, its most exact definition, its highest point, namely, the seeking of the common good ... for nothing can so make a person an imitator of Christ as caring for neighbors.
If you say, "Would there were no wine" because of the drunkards, then you must say, going on by degrees, "Would there were no steel," because of the murderers, "Would there were no night," because of the thieves, "Would there were no light," because of the informers, and "Would there were no women," because of adultery.
You carry your snare everywhere and spread your nets in all places.
You allege that you never invited others to sin. You did not indeed, by your words, but you have done so by your dress and your deportment.
Slander is worse than cannibalism.
I hear no one boast, that he hath a knowledge of the Scriptures, but that he owneth a Bible written in golden characters. And tell me then, what profiteth this? The Holy Scriptures were not given to us that we should enclose them in books, but that we should engrave them upon our hearts.
Almsgiving above all else requires money, but even this shines with a brighter luster when the alms are given from our poverty. The widow who paid in the two mites was poorer than any human, but she outdid them all.
Nothing is more powerful than meekness.
For as fire is extinguished by water, so a mind inflated by anger is subdued by meekness. By meekness we practice and make known our virtue, and also cause the indignation of our brother to cease, and deliver his mind from perturbation.
Whether or not our prayer is heard depends not on the number of our words, but on the fervor of our souls.
How many of you say: I should like to see His face, His garments, His shoes.
You do see Him, you touch Him, you eat Him. He gives Himself to you, not only that you may see Him, but also to be your food and nourishment.
Of all the afflictions that burden the human race, there is not one, whether spiritual or bodily, that cannot be healed by the Holy Scriptures.
Prayer is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings.