Short Lives of the Saints – Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor

detail of a statue of Saint John Chrysostom, Saint Patrick's Cathedral, New York, New YorkEntry

Surnamed Chrysostom, or the Golden-mouthed, because of his heavenly eloquence, Saint John was raised by unanimous acclaim to the see of Constantinople in 397. The age in which he lived was rife with scandals. The empress Eudoxia was ruling her court, intoxicated with ambition and sinful excesses. The heresies of the Arians, the Eunomians, and the Montanists were prevailing on every side. Pagan games and spectacles were the order of the day; and even the clergy of the diocese were relaxed from the austerity of their discipline by the corrupting influence of the times. Having opposed all these disorders with the strong weapon of his courageous eloquence, Chrysostom was calumniated and persecuted. He was twice banished from his bishopric, and finally died in exile in September, 407.

‘Tis not the thought of glory won.
Of hoarded gold or pleasures gone,
But one bright course from earliest youth.
Of changeless faith, unbroken truth,
This turns to gold the vapors dun
  That close on life’s descending sun.
    – Gerald Griffin

Favorite Practice – To calmly and boldly oppose the spirit of human respect.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 April 2021. Web. 18 April 2021. <>