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Monday, May 14, 2012

St. Cyprian of Carthage: Prepare for the Kingdom of GOD

From the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Hebrews 21:43 (NIV)

Therefore I tell you that the Kingdom of GOD will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.

One who delights in the world, who is enticed by flattering and deceiving earthly pleasures wants to remain in the world a long time... Since the world hates Christians, why do you love that which hates you? And why don't you follow CHRIST instead, WHO both redeemed you and loves you? John, in his epistle, cries and urges us not to follow fleshly desires and love the world. "Love not the world," he says, "neither the things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the FATHER is not in him. ...And the world shall pass away, and the lust thereof; but he who doeth the will of GOD abideth forever, even as GOD abideth forever." Instead, beloved, let us be prepared for the will of GOD with a sound mind, a firm faith, and strong virtue. Laying aside the fear of death, let us think on the eternal life to come. Through this knowledge, let us demonstrate that we are what we believe. ...Then we won't delay or resist the LORD on the day HE calls us to HIMSELF. --St. Cyprian of Carthage

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