St. John Chrysostom: So let the name of the saints enter our homes . . .

Icon of St. John Chrysostom“So let the name of the saints enter our homes through the naming of our children, to train not only the child but the father, when he reflects that he is the father of John or Elijah or James; for, if the name be given with forethought to pay honor to those that have departed, and we grasp at our kinship with the righteous rather than with our forebears, this too will greatly help us and our children. Do not because it is a small thing regard it as small; its purpose is to succour us.”

— St. John Chrysostom,  An Address on Vainglory and the Right Way for Parents to Bring Up Their Children 50.