You were was named
Chrysostom, golden-mouth, in tribute to your oratorical
I know that you led the rustic life
of an Anchorite in the mountains near Antioch, until poor
health forced you back to the city where you became a priest.
In 398, you were
elevated to the See
of Constantinople, but you were later banished by the empress
Eudoxia, who was offended
by the nature of your preaching.
You died in exile.
Yours was not a
happy life, but a holy one. Please pray to God for me, that
I may endure whatever comes in my life, with patience, fortitude
and good grace.
Let me withdraw
from society at least metaphorically on occasion, to give
to thoughts of God and the hereafter.
May I one day meet
you in the glorious kingdom of God, Our Father.
All this I pray
in hope and trust,
2013 - Donn B. Murphy
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