Saint Chrysostom on the Priesthood; Tr. from the Original Greek

Saint Chrysostom on the Priesthood; Tr. from the Original Greek : With Notes and a Life of the Father

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1826 edition. Excerpt: ...they should approve. Now the bishop must bear all this with patience, and be excited neither by their untimely displeasure nor causeless complaints. They deserve, on account of their misfortunes, to receive pity, and not contumely. To insult their unhappy circumstances, and add unkindness to the grief arising from poverty, would be the extreme height of cruelty.' Wherefore, a certain wise man, reflecting upon the avarice and pride of ' human nature, and knowing the tendency of poverty to depress the noblest mind, lest we should become, by frequent applications, inimical to the poor, when we ought to be their friends, urges us to be mild and accessible to them, saying, let it not grieve thee to bow down thine ear to the poor, and give him a friendly answer with meelcness, .'' and exhorts us to cheer the afllicted, by mildness of look and kindness of expression, before we give. Though a man should notwithhold the bounty intended for widows, yet if he treats them with unkindness, he adds to, not diminishes, the sorrow arising from poverty. If hunger makes them bold, yet they suffer from harsh treatment. Where want compels them to ask relief, and that produces boldness, and_ boldness brings on them reproach, the varied nature of their sorrow overwhelms with heavi-' ness their hearts, darkens and overclouds their spirits. He, therefore, who has the care of them, should be long'suffering, and instead of adding to their sorrow by unkindness, should soften, by consolation, that which already exists. For, as he who is reproved perceives not, by reason of the pain it occasions, the benefit of your liberality, so he who hears a kind word, and receives consolation with the alms bestowed, is the more gladdened more

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  • English
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