St. Peter Chrysologus was born at Imola, Italy, in 406. Bishop Cornelius of Imola baptized, educated, and ordained him a deacon. He was called “Chrysologus” (golden-worded) because of his exceptional oratorical eloquence. He was consecrated Archbishop of Ravenna in 433 by Pope Sixtus III. He ruled his flock with utmost diligence and care. He removed the last vestiges of paganism and other abuses among his people. He cautioned them against indecent dancing. “Anyone who wishes to frolic with the devil cannot rejoice with Christ” he admonished. He died in 450 at Imola, Italy. As a result of his simple, practical and clear Sermons, nearly all dealing with Gospel subjects, he was made a Doctor of the Church in 1729.
FEAST DAY: July 30