nothing new… unfortunately

I am currently reading a book by Fr. Paisius Altschul called ‘Wade In The River –The story of the African Christian Faith.’

While reading I came across a quote from St. Cyprian of Carthage. It struck me how fitting his words were for our current age; which is interesting considering that St. Cyprian was Martyred in 258 AD. The quotes are taken from his ‘Letter’ to Donatus:

“Look down at the roads full of robbers, the sea infested with pirates and military bases spreading war and slaughter everywhere. It is a world wet with the blood of people slaughtering each other, where murder is regarded as a crime if committed by individuals but is called a public service when carried out en masse, as if it were not the question of innocence but the extent of the savagery that determines freedom from guilt.”

And regarding lust he wrote:

“If only from your high vantage point you could penetrate the most secret places, unbolt the doors of bedrooms and expose the most hidden recesses to the full glare of vision, you would see the shameless commit acts which would revolt a modest glance. You would see what is a crime even to look at; you would see what people, crazed by the fires of their lust, deny and yet rush headlong to commit. Deranged by desire they thurst themselves at each other. Acts are committed which even their perpetrators dislike.”

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One Response to “nothing new… unfortunately”

  1. David S. Says:

    “…as if it were not the question of innocence but the extent of the savagery that determines freedom from guilt.”

    An amazingly relevent quote. Thanks for posting.

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