Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
PATER NOSTER, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.
If you do an image search of St. John Chrysostom, whose feast it is today, you will see that almost the entire artistic record depicts the same easily recognizable countenance. I never ceased to be amazed by the consistency of the images of the Apostles and Church Fathers. And for that matter, Our Lord Himself, whose image I believe was informed from the beginning by the Shroud of Turin. Obviously some images of saints and fathers are purely speculative or fictitious, but a surprising number are not. In many cases, history actually did record what these people looked like. St. John Chrysostom is always depicted with the type of male pattern baldness that we all know wherein the hairline recedes until just a tuft of hair remains at the front-center.
St. John Chrysostom, patron of bald guys with the pouf of hair on the forehead, pray for us.
Here are some awesome Chrysostom quotes.
Chrysostom on the Diabolical Narcissist trait of resenting helping others:
“Helping a person in need is good in itself. But the degree of goodness is hugely affected by the attitude with which it is done. If you show resentment because you are helping the person out of a reluctant sense of duty, then the person may receive your help but may feel awkward and embarrassed. This is because he will feel beholden to you. If,on the other hand, you help the person in a spirit of joy, then the help will be received joyfully. The person will feel neither demeaned nor humiliated by your help, but rather will feel glad to have caused you pleasure by receiving your help. And joy is the appropriate attitude with which to help others because acts of generosity are a source of blessing to the giver as well as the receiver.”
Chrysostom on how Facebook feeds Diabolical Narcissism:
“I do not know whether anyone has ever succeeded in not enjoying praise. And, if he enjoys it, he naturally wants to receive it. And if he wants to receive it, he cannot help but being distraught at losing it. Those who are in love with applause have their spirits starved not only when they are blamed off-hand, but even when they fail to be constantly praised.”
And this one is to offset the diabolical Luther quotes on marriage from yesterday. Sigh….
“[On what young husbands should say to their wives:] I have taken you in my arms, and I love you, and I prefer you to my life itself. For the present life is nothing, and my most ardent dream is to spend it with you in such a way that we may be assured of not being separated in the life reserved for us… I place your love above all things, and nothing would be more bitter or painful to me than to be of a different mind than you.”
Siiiiiiiiiiigh….Yep. There has been no greater force in the world in favor of the human female than Christianity. From. Day. One.