Wednesday, July 15, 2009

John Chrysostom: Scriptural Cure for Passion

Let us not only write this on our minds but also repeatedly discuss it with one another in our get-togethers; let us constantly revive the memory of this story both with our wives and with the children. In fact, if you to talk about a king, see, there is a king here, if about soldiers, about a household, about political affairs, you will find a great abundance of these things in the Scriptures. These narratives bring the greatest benefit: it is impossible - impossible, I say - for a soul nourished on these stories ever to manage to fall victim to passion.

- John Chrysostom (around A.D. 347 to around A.D. 407), Homilies on David and Saul, Homily 1, in St. John Chrysostom, Old Testament Homilies, Volume 1, pp. 24-25 (2003), Robert C. Hill translator.