St. John Chrysostom: We spare neither labors nor means in order to teach our children . . .

Icon of St. John Chrysostom“We spare neither labors nor means in order to teach our children secular sciences, so that they can serve well the earthly authorities. Only the knowledge of the holy Faith, the service of the Heavenly King are a matter of indifference to us. We allow them to attend spectacles but we care little whether they go to Church and stand within it reverently. We demand an account from them of what they learned in their secular institutes—why do we not demand an account from them of what they heard in the Lord’s house?”

+ St. John Chrysostom, Twenty-first Homily on the Epistle to the Ephesians