Monday, May 21, 2012

From John Chrysostom

Here then is a demand for a noble soul, and one which far surpasses my mediocrity, in order to chastise this unruly and profitless pleasure of the multitude, and be able to divert their attention to something more beneficial: so that the people may follow and yield to him, and not he be led by their likings.  This, however, can in no wise happen, except by these two means - by despising applause, and by power in speaking. 
From "On the Priesthood" by St. John Chrysostom,Book V., Chapter II. Sectons 453-454.

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