On Repentance and Almsgiving (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 96)

On Repentance and Almsgiving (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 96)

Translated by GUS GEORGE CHRISTO
Copyright Date: 1998
Pages: 178
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Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. xi-xviii)

    A Concise Biographical Sketch of Chrysostom’s Life

    “The Golden-Mouth” orator was probably born c. 349¹ in the metropolitan city of Antioch, Syria, to faithful Christian parents. His mother bore the name Anthusa and his father, Secundus, was a noble general in the Roman army. At the tender age of eighteen (367), he completed his rhetorical studies under Libanius and his philosophical education under Andragathius.

    During the celebration of the Paschal Feast in 368, Bishop Meletius of Antioch baptized Chrysostom a Christian. After his twenty-second birthday, John began his lectorate in the Church of Antioch; soon afterward, he interrupted it to...

  5. HOMILY 1 WHEN HE RETURNED FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE
    (pp. 1-15)

    I wonder, did you remember me during the time when I was separated from you?¹ Indeed, I could never forget you. Even though I left the city, I did not leave behind my memory of you. Just as those who love magnificent-looking bodies always, wherever they go, keep in their memory the vision of the one they long to see, likewise I, who loved the beauty of your soul, constantly carry your spiritual splendor in my thoughts.

    (2) Just as artists mix together a variety of colors and create the images of bodies, I too blended your enthusiasm for our...

  6. HOMILY 2 ON REPENTANCE, ON THE MELANCHOLY OF KING AHAB, AND ON JONAH THE PROPHET
    (pp. 16-27)

    Last sunday, did you see war and victory: the devil’s war and Christ’s victory? Did you recognize how greatly repentance was being praised? And did you behold that Satan was not enduring the wound, but instead became afraid and horrified? O devil, what are you afraid of when repentance is being praised? Why do you wail? Why do you shudder with terror? “This repentance,” he says, “snatched great vessels from me.” Which ones did it grab? The harlot, the publican, the thief, the blasphemer. Truly, repentance has seized many of his vessels and annihilated his very fortress, and he has...

  7. HOMILY 3 CONCERNING ALMSGIVING AND THE TEN VIRGINS
    (pp. 28-42)

    I wonder, do you remember at what point our last homily began, or where it ended; or from what supposition the words of the previous homily commenced and at what conclusion they arrived? I think you have forgotten, but I remember. I neither scold you nor condemn you for forgetting this. Everyone of you has a wife. She totally devotes herself to her children and she takes care of all the household’s domestic affairs. Others occupy themselves with military affairs; others are craftsmen. Each one of you engages in a different service. However, I always engage myself in these liturgical...

  8. HOMILY 4 ON REPENTANCE AND PRAYER
    (pp. 43-55)

    Wherever shepherds see dense grass, they lead the sheep there; they do not lead them away prematurely, before the flocks have sheared close all of the grass. We,¹ too, imitate the sheep. Presently this is the fourth day that we² have put this flock to graze in the way of repentance. Yet, not even today are we prepared to take it away from here. For we realize that there is still abundant grazing coupled with much delight and benefit.

    (2) The foliage of the trees, which become shelters for the herds at noontime, do not comfort them as much, do...

  9. HOMILY 5 ON FASTING AND THE PROPHET JONAH, [THE PROPHET] DANIEL AND THE THREE YOUTHS. DELIVERED ON THE THRESHOLD OF THE HOLY FAST.
    (pp. 56-68)

    Today our festival is radiant with joy, and the assembly is more brilliant than usual. I wonder, what could be the reason? This achievement belongs to the fast, and I know this; not to the present fast, but to the one that we expect. She² gathered us into the paternal house. Today she returned to the motherly hands of the Church even those who were previously the most indolent. However, if her mere expectation increased our zeal to such a degree, how much piety will she effect in us when she manifests herself and attends to us? So too, when...

  10. HOMILY 6 ON FASTING: PREACHED DURING THE SIXTH WEEK OF THE HOLY FORTY-DAY FAST
    (pp. 69-85)

    How delightful the waves of this spiritual sea are to us¹ and how much more delightful than those on the high sea! The latter arise by the disorder of the winds, the former by the desire of the audience. The waves of the high sea, when they peak, cause agony to the helmsman, but the waves of the spiritual sea inspire great courage in the speaker. The former reveal positively that the sea is agitated, but the latter are signs of a happy soul. Although the former dash against the rocks and emit an unintelligible roar, the latter beat against...

  11. HOMILY 7 ON REPENTANCE AND COMPUNCTION
    (pp. 86-110)

    Truly, the divine apostle always uses sacred and heavenly language and weaves the evangelical word with much skill, because he does not simply speak his own opinion, but he presents the dogmas with royal authority. Now I will remind all of you of this principal matter as he uses this skill to introduce the discourse about repentance to sinners. If you listened to what I have just said, then I will return to what I spoke about earlier concerning Paul’s lesson to the Corinthians. That courageous and marvelous man said: “When I come, I may have to mourn over many...

  12. HOMILY 8 [On Repentance and the Church]
    (pp. 111-125)

    Yesterday i was absent from you, not willingly, but rather by necessity. I was absent physically not mentally. For I even embraced you, as much as I could, all of you, and I was bearing you in my thoughts. Again, brethren, when I recovered from this temporary ailment I hurried eagerly to see your face, and I ran to your love having still the traces of the illness. For all those who become ill ask for baths and bathing-places after the sickness has passed; however, I preferred to see your desirable faces and to satisfy the desire I am obliged...

  13. HOMILY 9 ON REPENTANCE AND ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE FORSAKEN THE ASSEMBLIES, AND ABOUT THE SACRED TABLE AND JUDGMENT
    (pp. 126-130)

    Just as those who sow do not benefit when they cast the seed along the side of the road, likewise, we do not benefit from hearing ourselves being called Christians if we do not have works appropriate to the appellation. If you want, I will bring forward to you James the brother of the Lord as a trustworthy witness who affirmed: “Faith without works is dead.”¹ Therefore, it is imperative for us to do good works. For when they do not exist, the name Christian cannot benefit us. Do not be astonished. For tell me, what does a soldier gain...

  14. HOMILY 10 A SERMON ON ALMSGIVING
    (pp. 131-150)

    Today, I stand before you to make a just, useful, and suitable intercession. I come from no one else; only the beggars who live in our city elected me for this purpose, not with words, votes, and the resolve of a common council, but rather with their pitiful and most bitter spectacles. In other words, just as I was passing through the marketplace and the narrow lanes, hastening to your assembly, I saw in the middle of the streets many outcasts, some with severed hands, others with gouged-out eyes, others filled with festering ulcers and incurable wounds, especially exposing those...

  15. GENERAL INDEX
    (pp. 153-156)
  16. INDEX OF HOLY SCRIPTURE
    (pp. 157-159)