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Take Up Your Cross!

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Here are some thoughts for those of us who think we are living in the worst of times —

“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 over the wide lands, you know very well what I would see: brigands on the highways, pirates on the sea, armies fighting, cities burning; in the amphitheaters men murdered to please the applauding crowds; selfishness and cruelty and misery and despair under all roofs. 

“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 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.”

Words of St. Cyprian, a third-century martyr.   Thanks to Anna Shvets for the photo. 

Are YOU the master of YOUR soul? As a Christian, have YOU overcome the world, no matter what shape the world is in?


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