This fourth century theologian is one of the finest the Church has ever known, though he was sent into exile and died there on 14 September 407.

He said: ‘Beloved, we need much care, much watchfulness, to be able to look into the depth of the Divine Scriptures. For it is not possible to discover their meaning in a careless way, or while we are asleep, but there needs close search, and there needs earnest prayer, that we may be enabled to see some little way into the secrets of the divine oracles’.

He would have had just this care and this watchfulness himself, so as to be able to give us all that he has done, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. May we have the grace to follow his example!

May the ‘golden-mouthed’ himself pray for us, and may God bless you this day.