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Saint Peter Chrysologus By School of Guercino (it.wikipedia.org) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

July 30

Saint Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Optional Memorial

“He [The Father] acts that man may live always by the heavenly word, not by earthly bread—indeed, that man may live for God in such a way as not to heed the toil. For that, indeed, is the true life. It knows not perspiration, has no pains, and has no end.”[1]

St. Peter Chrysologus was a 5th century Church Father. From a biography written in the 9th century, we know he studied under Bishop Cornelius and was ordained Bishop of Ravenna by Pope Sixtus. Known for his brief yet inspiring homilies, he was given the name Chrysologus or “golden-worded” by Empress Galla Placidia, daughter of Roman Emperor Theodosius I. A collection of his sermons, 176 in total, were compiled by his successor, Felix of Ravenna, and has earned him the respected title of Doctor of the Church.[2]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Saint Peter Chrysologus, “Sermon 11, The Fast and Temptation of Christ,” in Fathers of the Church (CUA Press, 1953), 60.
[2] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St. Peter Chrysologus.”
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