Monday, August 30, 2010

A Martyr's Worldview

"This is a cheerful world as I see it from my garden under the shadows of my vines.

But if I were to ascend some high mountain and look out over the wide lands, you know very well what I should see: brigands on the highways, pirates on the sea, armies fighting, cities burning;

in the amphitheaters men murdered to please applauding crowds; selfishness and cruelty and misery and despair under all roofs.

(ruins of amphitheater at Ephesus)

It is a bad world, Donatus, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a quiet and holy people who have learned a great secret. They have found a joy which is a thousand times better than any pleasure of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They are masters of their souls. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are the Christians - and I am one of them."

-Saint Cyprian
(third-century martyr)


(all pictures from Google Images)




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