St Gabriel Windows

St Gabriel Windows
Photocopy c. 2013 Jamie Laubacher

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

St. Cyprian (190-258)

Cyprian was the Bishop of Carthage during the persecutions. His vigorous championing of Pope St. Cornelius averted a schism. One of the early Church fathers, he argued for the authority of the bishop as ground for the church's unity. He was martyred.

"You cannot have God for your Father if you do not have the Church for your mother. God is one and Christ is one, and his Church is one; one is the faith, and one is the people cemented together by harmony into the strong unity of a body. If we are the heirs of Christ, let us abide in the peace of Christ; if we are the sons of God, let us be lovers of peace."
– St. Cyprian

Life in Christ: Catechism #2407
In economic matters, respect for human dignity requires the practice of the virtue of temperance, so as to moderate attachment to this world's goods; the practice of the virtue of justice, to preserve our neighbor's rights and render him what is his due; and the practice of solidarity, in accordance with the golden rule and in keeping with the generosity of the Lord, who "though he was rich, yet for your sake... became poor so that by his poverty, you might become rich."

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