John Chrysostom‘God does not refuse it [the gift of celibacy] to anyone who asks Him for it with fervour … this gift is granted to all those who wish for it and who ask for it.’

John Chrysostom (c.347 – 407)

John Chrysostom was an important Early Church Father. He was Archbishop of Constantinople and is known for his preaching, his denunciation of the abuse of church and political leaders’ authority, his liturgical writings and his ascetic sensibilities. And, of course, his celibacy.

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