Sunday, July 11, 2010

Peter Skarga, S.J., "The Polish Chysostom"

Any attempt to give a full list of Polish authors would swell these pages far beyond orthodox limits. Sebastian Fabian Klonowicz, called the Sarmatian Ovid (born 1551, died 1608), was greatly admired by his countrymen, and is still esteemed a classic. Rhetoric and pulpit-eloquence, as may easily be imagined, were greatly fostered by the Jesuits. Among the most successful cultivators of these forms of literature was Peter Skarga, the Court preacher of Sigismund III., who earned the appellation of the Polish Chrysostom. Skarga has left a host of sermons and religious works behind him, among which may be mentioned " Lives of the Saints," " Discourses for Sundays and Saints' Days," " Discourses on the Seven Sacraments,". For a glowing eulogy of him, see the Lectures of Adam Mickiewicz. He expressly praises his sermons preached before the " Diet," in which he appears as a true patriot. On account of his freedom of speech, he is said to have been many times in danger of his life.
Link (here) to read the portion from the book entitled the Westminster Review.

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