On Mortality

If the Christian recognizes and understands under what condition, under what law he has believed, he will know that he must labor more in the world than others, as he must carry on a greater struggle against the assault of the devil. Divine Scripture teaches and forewarns, saying: ‘Son, when thus comest to the service of God, stand in justice, and in fear, and prepare thyself for temptation,’ and again: ‘in thy sorrow endure, and in thy humiliation keep patience, for gold and silver are tried in the fire.’

By Cyprian of Carthage

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