- 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 man is the image of God)? When we teach our
children to be good, to be gentle, to be forgiving (all these are attributes
of God), to be generous, to love their fellow men, to regard this present
age as nothing, we install 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?....Let us be greatly concerned for our wives and our
children, and for ourselves as well...The good God Himself will bring this
work to perfection, so that all of us may be counted worthy of the blessings
He has promised.."
John Chrysostom - Homily 21
- Christ is Risen! + Truly He is Risen!
Adorn your face, therefore, with modesty, piety, almsgiving, benevolence, love, kindliness towards your husband, reasonableness, mildness, and forbearance. These are the pigments of virtue; by these you draw not men but angels to you as your lovers; for these you have God Himself to praise you. When God shall approve of you, He will win over your husband to you in every way; for if wisdom illumines the face of man, much more does virtue make the face of a woman shine forth.John Chrysostom, Baptismal Instructions, The True Adornment of Women______________________________