Today, July 30th, we celebrate the Feast Day of...
Who: St. Peter Chrysologus
What: Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church.
When: (c. 380 - c. 450) named Bishop of Ravenna c. 433
Where: Born and died in Imola, Italy. Served as Bishop of Ravenna (Italy).
Why: He was known for his piety, zeal, and loyalty to the Church as Bishop of Ravenna.
He helped to fend of certain heresies at the time and weed out paganism.
He was especially known for his very simple and short but inspired sermons earning him the title the Doctor of Homilies, and the surname Chrysologus which means “golden-worded”.
Many of his sermons were saved and preserved. The contents of his sermons are so full of moral applications, and sound doctrine, that some 13 centuries after they were written he was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XIII in 1729.
“Let Christ be your helmet, let the cross on your forehead be your unfailing protection. Your breastplate should be the knowledge of God that he himself has given you. Keep burning continually the sweet smelling incense of prayer. Take up the sword of the Spirit. Let your heart be an altar. Then, with full confidence in God, present your body for sacrifice. God desires not death, but faith; God thirsts not for blood, but for self-surrender; God is appeased not by slaughter, but by the offering of your free will.”