23 August 2006

Patristic Quote for the Day

When all is said and done, there is only one means and only one method of treatment available, and that is teaching by word of mouth. That is the best instrument, the best diet, and the best climate. It takes the place of medicine and cautery and surgery. When we need to cauterize or cut, we must use this. By it we rouse the soul's lethargy or reduce its inflammation, we remove excrescences and supply defects, and, in short, do everything which contributes to its health. -- St. John Chrysostom, *On the Priesthood,* IV:3

1 comment:

Jim Roemke said...

This is why I want to be a preacher of the Word and a servant of that Word! What an awesome quote!