Catholic Culture Overview
Catholic Culture Overview

41—Chrysostom (Part 1): Golden Mouth & Golden Mysteries

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Jun 16, 2021 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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Chrysostom means “golden mouth,” and only one man has credibly borne the title. John Chrysostom may have been the greatest pulpit preacher in Church history. In his lifetime he was also renowned for his asceticism and spiritual counsel. In recent years, however, he’s been maligned—and mischaracterized—for his views on marriage and sex. Here we set the record straight with an account of his developing understanding of the one-flesh union and its particular graces.


Works by John Chrysostom

John Chrysostom, On Marriage and Family Life

John Chrysostom, a brief selection of quotations on marriage

John Chrysostom, Two Letters to Theodore After His Fall

Palladius, Dialogue concerning the Life of St. John Chrysostom

J.N.D. Kelly, Golden Mouth: The Story of John Chrysostom―Ascetic, Preacher, Bishop

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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