Saint Cyprian was highly educated and became a Christian as an adult. He distributed his goods to the poor, and amazed his fellow citizens by making a vow of chastity before his baptism. Within two years he had been ordained a priest and was chosen, against his will, as Bishop of Carthage. Cyprian complained that the peace the Church had enjoyed had weakened the spirit of many Christians and had opened the door to converts who did not have the true spirit of faith. During a plague in Carthage, Cyprian urged Christians to help everyone, including their enemies and persecutors. He was exiled by the emperor and then recalled for trial. He refused to leave the city, insisting that his people should have the witness of his martyrdom. Saint Cyprian was both cheerful and serious so much so that nobody knew what to think of him. He was a courageous and kind man.
Saint Cyprian, you were a strong man and you kept your faith in God through all your struggles. Strengthen us to do the same as we face many problems and temptations. Amen.