|The Homily Doctor|
He is known as the Doctor of Homilies. Google's dictionary service offers two definitions of homily. The first says that it is a religious discourse for spiritual edification, a sermon. The second says that it is a tedious moralizing discourse. I'll confess that when I saw that Saint Peter Chrysologus is the Doctor of Homilies, my mind ran to the second definition. Happily, however, he was famous for short, clear, and inspiring sermons -- apparently he honed them because he was afraid of boring his audiences. In fact his cognomen Chrysologus, meaning golden word, was given to him by the very influential Empress Galla Placidia, who admired his style. Seminaries should have a required course in the Oratorical Style of Saint Peter Chrysologus.
|Talk to Pope Sixtus -- it was his dream, not mine|