St. John Chrysostom and Marital Fidelity

Some studies show up to 70% of all marriages will experience infidelity. This figure I believe is a bit inflated, but I know the rate to be higher than most would think.

I happened to be reading the Catechism today on the Sixth Commandment (“You shall not commit adultery.”) and I read this quote from St. John Chrysostom.  It is quoted in #2365 of the Catechism.

(Husband saying to wife:) “I have taken you in my arms, and I love you, and I prefer you to my life itself.  For the present life is nothing, and my most ardent dream is to spend it with you in such a way that we may be assured of not being separated in the life reserved for us…I place your love above all things, and nothing would be more bitter or painful for than to be a different mind than you.” – John Chrysostom, Hom. in Eph. 20, 8: PG 62, 146-147.

Perhaps we men would do well to keep this in our wallet and read it daily, then live this out in our vocations.

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2 Responses to St. John Chrysostom and Marital Fidelity

  1. Thanks for posting this article. I’m decidedly frustrated with struggling to search out germane and sound commentary on this matter. Everybody now goes to the very far extremes to either drive home their viewpoint that either: everyone else in the planet is wrong, or two that everyone but them does not really understand the situation. Many thanks for your concise, relevant insight.

  2. Deacon Bob says:

    Calandra, thank you for stopping by my weblog and taking the time to post a reply. I agree, the polarization you describe lends itself to misunderstanding, frustration and unnecessary struggle for many.
    God Bless you…
    Deacon Bob

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