Popular Patristics Series Volume 56
“You may hear my living voice through my letters” (Letter 8.11.b)
In these letters available in English in their entirety for the first time St John Chrysostom guides, comforts, and instructs his spiritual daughter, St Olympia. Written at the end of Chrysostom’s life, while he was in his final exile, we see in these pages the unshaken faith of a saint who triumphed over persecution. We also find the words of a concerned spiritual father, who gives St Olympia the tools to overcome her temptation to despondency and despair.
Chrysostom’s Letters to St Olympia are an indispensable resource for those who are interested in the final days of his life, and they continue to be a source of consolation and edification for readers who seek instruction from St John’s golden mouth.
The sheer beauty of Saint John Chrysostom: Letters to Saint Olympia is the way larger issues are played out in the agony of personal relationships and the way leaders of the church attempt, in their imperfect and finite way, to support one another. The letters by John to Olympia are landmark testaments to affinities and friendships that weather the storms of their time. The ending is not, at one level, pleasant. John died in exile, Olympia died a year later. It is the faithfulness of John and Olympia in the midst of demanding struggles and many a disappointment that shines through in these letters and makes this a burnished gold book. Do read and inwardly digest this bounty of a correspondence. The faith journey will have much more integrity as a result of sitting with these two all too human saints of the church. Many thanks, of course, to David Ford, for his yeoman s labour in bringing forth a much neglected correspondence. The light from the past still shines clear and bright.
Ron Dart –Clarion Journal of Spirituality and Justice
About the Author
David C. Ford, Professor of Church History at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, is author of Women & Men in the Early Church: The Vision of St. John Chrysostom (STS Press), and co-editor of Glory & Honor (SVS Press).
- Series: Popular Patristics (Book 56)
- Paperback: 172 pages
- Publisher: St Vladimirs Seminary Pr; Translation edition (February 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0881415588
- ISBN-13: 978-0881415582
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces