The Word Among Us

Lent 2007 Issue

Homilies from he Heart

The Life of John Chrysostom

By: Gregory K. Roa

Lent of the year 387 was an anxious season for the Christians of Antioch. They lived in one of the largest, wealthiest, and most magnificent cities in the Roman Empire, and their numbers had multiplied since Peter and Paul’s missionary work there. Their main church was one of the city’s most beautiful buildings.

But despite their history and heritage, Antioch’s future was in jeopardy. The sudden imposition of a new tax had triggered riots, and an...

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