Passing through the marketplace on his way to church one winter day, John Chrysostom saw beggars and the crippled lying in the street neglected. In response, he delivered a homily imploring his congregants to take alms and care of the poor and overlooked people of the city.
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John Chrysostom (347–407) was the archbishop of Constantinople and an influential early Church Father. He was known for his oratorial skills and was given the epithet chrysostom, or “golden-mouthed,” after his death.