Monday, March 14, 2011

St. John Chrysostom on the Priesthood

St. John Chrysostom

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The treatise On the Priesthood is the finest of his (St. John Chrysostom) writings and perhaps the first really great pastoral work ever written, although he was only a deacon when he wrote this book. It stresses the dignity of the priesthood. The priest, it says, is greater than kings, angels, or parents. But priests are for that reason most tempted to pride and ambition. They, more than anyone else, need clear and unshakable wisdom, patience that disarms pride, and exceptional prudence in dealing with souls.
- Fr. John Hardon's The Ctaholic Lifetime Reading Plan.