But I get the feeling Joe and Jane Catholic would demand a Mass on this feast day, if they knew more about Chrysologus. I got this tidbit out of Butler's Lives of the Saints:
"We have many of his discourses still extant: they are all very short, for he was afraid of fatiguing the attention of his hearers."
A Patron Saint for short homilies at Mass? Now do I have your interest?
Now, before you start running to the internet in a desperate attempt to find novenas to St. Peter Chrysologus, maybe even asking that a statue of the Saint be placed in your parish church (preferably right across from the ambo), let's remember that "short" is a relative term. Some of the Church's best preachers would be up in the pulpit for hours; what is a short homily in comparison to them? forty-five minutes? a half hour?
It has been said that some preachers can preach for two hours and say absolutely nothing, while others can say something in one minute that blow you away! Most of us are somewhere in the middle, but we can always use some assistance.
St. Peter Chrysologus, pray for us preachers.