Ciprian, Cyprian, Bishop Supreme discussed on Catholic Culture Audiobooks
We're very pleased to be bringing this reading in honor of seat since day on September sixteenth. SCIPION was a third century bishop of Carthage born to a wealthy Pagan family. He initially rose to prominence as an orator after a youth spent in dissipation CIPRIAN converted and was baptized at around thirty five years old. His bishop became so impressed with him that only a year later he was made a deacon and then priest. A year after that when that same bishop died, CIPRIAN was chosen to succeed him. As Bishop Supreme would shepherd the Church in Carthage through many storms including persecution, a- pandemic and schism. His letter to donatus however comes before all that it is in fact, the earliest of Cyprian's treatises written very shortly after his conversion. It he writes to his friend do not use who is also a recent Christian initiate. Supreme describes elements of his own conversion including details about the miserable state which has sins had reduced him. CIPRIAN rights with characteristic eloquence and power and I must say letter to the Nazis has got to be one of my favorite writings from among the church. Fathers. That's in part because this letter so typifies the enduring relevance found throughout the writings of the fathers. CYPRIAN's systemmatic enumeration. For example of the prevailing moral ruin across institutions of Pagan Roman society reads much like an accusation of our own modern Western degeneracy even with criticisms of such things as the gladiatorial games, it's difficult not to recognize the cross applicable to certain contemporary analogs. I'm thinking in that case in particular of the colossal pornography. Industry. Still. With other criticisms, no analog needs to be found. It would seem the more things change the more they stay the same. Who Sad to say that by CIPRIAN, report little has changed for the theater since Cyprian's time. As an actor myself I note that with particular regret. But it's not all bad. CIPRIAN concludes his letter with a rousing exhortation to Christian life and book ends the letter with rhetorical flourishes that are themselves. Delightful. Listen for yourself and I'm sure you'll agree the letter to the Nazis remains as compelling today as it was in two, forty, six.