St. John Chrysostom
On account of the golden stream of his eloquence, this saint is called by the Greeks, “the golden-mouthed.” He was a lawyer and a man of the world of much eminence, before he turned his great intellect and wonderful industry to the study of things sacred. He died in exile with the words on his lips: “Glory be to God for all this.”
Let those that put their trust in Thee, rejoice: Let them ever shout for joy, because Thou dwellest in them: Let them also that love Thy name be joyful in Thee. For Thou wilt bless the righteous. — Matins, Psalm v
The Imitation of Christ
Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth. I am Thy servant: give me understanding, that I may know Thy testimonies. Incline my heart to the words of Thy mouth; let Thy speech distill as
Chrysostom means golden-mouthed. He received his name on account of his lofty eloquence. He spoke “in season and out of season” for the furtherance of God’s glory. Have you ever
wondered what title would best suit your tongue?
If you have ever made a retreat, you know how easy it is to be good when you do not speak. St. James, as you know, says that he that offends not with his tongue is a perfect man. Watch yourself for one day and keep account how many times you fail in the proper use of your tongue.
But the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity.