The Word Among Us

June 2010 Issue

Nothing is More Precious

St. John Chrysostom on the Beauty of Married Love

Nothing is More Precious: St. John Chrysostom on the Beauty of Married Love

When the bishops of the United States released their 2009 Pastoral Letter entitled "Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan," they put forth a blueprint for marriage that sought to encourage and inspire couples at every stage of their lives. One of the major themes that flowed through this document was the call for every family to become a mini-church, a place where each family member experiences Jesus’ love and strives to treat each other with that love.

St. John Chrysostom, a fourth-century archbishop of Constantinople, preached extensively about marriage and family life. In his time as a...

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