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Every day this Lent, we’ll explore the
life and faith of a bearded Catholic saint.
We’ll pray with them, and together we’ll grow in holiness and manliness.
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St. John Chrysostom
FEAST DAY: SEPTEMBER 13TH | LIVED: 349-407
A master preacher St John received the name and title Chrysostom meaning golden mouthed. He is know for the quality and breadth of his preaching ability. He proclaimed the gospel openly and with great passion. He also lived a large portion of his life as a hermit. Fasting is not a commonly talked about issue, but the spiritual practice of fasting and abstaining is a key portion of our Lenten journey (and the rest of our journey on Earth).
Let us hunger for God.
Daily Blessing of the Beard
Lord above, bless this beard as it grows from my face.
Let it serve as a reminder that I am yours.
Let it serve as a symbol of my role in your kingdom.
Let it serve as a sign of your blessing in my life.
As I was anointed and claimed for you at my Baptism,
I anoint this beard as a reminder of love.
May we fast?
Let us prove it by our works…
Let the hands fast, by being free of avarice.
Let the feet fast, by ceasing to run after sin.
Let the eye fast, by disciplining them not to glare at that which is sinful.
Let the ear fast, by not listening to evil talk and gossip.
Let the mouth fast from foul words and criticism.
For what good is it if we abstain from fowl and fishes, but bite and devour one another?