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Saint John Chrysostom

“If artists who make statues and paint portraits of kings are held in high esteem,
will not God bless ten thousand times more those who reveal and beautify His royal image?

For humankind is the image of God.

When we teach our children to be good, to be gentle, and to be forgiving – all attributes of God;
to be generous, to love their neighbour, to regard this present age as nothing,
we instil virtue in their souls, and reveal the image of God within them.

This, then, is our task:
to educate both ourselves and our children in godliness;
otherwise what answer will we have before Christ’s judgment seat? …

The good God Himself will bring this work to perfection,
so that all of us may be counted worthy of blessings He has promised.”

Saint John Chrysostom. ‘Homily 21 on Ephesians 6: 1-4.’

The image is from a painting by Carlo Crivelli, (c.1493), of Saint John Chrysostom, in the Musée Jacquemart André, Paris.