St. Cyril of Jerusalem

Today is the Commemoration of St. Cyril of Jerusalem.

From Christian Prayer: The Liturgy of the Hours:

“Saint Cyril was born of Christian parents in 315.  He succeeded Maximus as bishop of Jerusalem in 348.  He was involved in the dispute over Arianism and was more than once punished with exile.  His Catechesis, in which he explained to the people the true teachings of the faith and of Scripture and also the traditions of the Church, reveal his pastoral zeal.  He died in 386.”

From St. Cyril of Jerusalem’s Catechetical Letters (c. 350):

“Just as those who are conscripting soldiers examine the age and physical condition of those being drafted, so also the Lord in enlisting souls examines their dispositions.  If anyone harbors hypocrisy even in secret, He rejects that man as unfit for true service.  But whoever is found worthy, to him He readily gives His grace.  Holy things He does not give to dogs; but where He perceives a good conscience, there He gives the wondrous and salvific seal, at which demons tremble and which angels recognize.  Thus are the former put to flight, while the latter gather about it, as something pertaining to themselves.

“They, then, who receive this spiritual and saving seal require also the dispositions pertaining to it.  Just as a writing-pen or a dart has need of one to employ it, so also does grace have need of believing hearts.  …  It is God’s part to confer grace, but yours to accept and guard it.  Do not, therefore, spurn grace, because it is freely given; but having received it, guard it religiously.”

Faith of the Early Fathers, vol. 1, Selected and Translated by William A. Jurgens, The Order of St. Benedict, Inc., Collegeville, MN, 1970.

Be Christ for all.  Bring Christ to all.  See Christ in all.






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