Cyprian lived 200-258 A.D. A letter to a friend provides something for us to think about in 2010.
“It is a bad world, Donatus, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a quiet and good people who have learned the great secret of life. They have found a joy and a wisdom which is a thousand times better than any of the pleasures of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care n0t. They are masters of their souls. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are Christians … and I am one of them.