The proconsul read Cyprian’s condemnation and the multitude cried, “Let us be beheaded with him!” He was taken into the grounds, to a hollow surrounded by trees, into which many of the people climbed. Cyprian took off his cloak, knelt down, and prayed.
Two weeks away from graduation, I felt everything slipping from my control, into a place where every question was open ended. And there seemed no answers. Would I get a job? Would I be a failure?
Self-deception is a real danger everyone faces. It’s not only a roadblock to holiness, but may even place a person’s soul in eternal peril, as Christ himself warned, “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Thinking about my desire to be humble as is Jesus, an image from my teen years came back. My father was sitting at the head of the dinner table, as usual, teaching us life and academic lessons. I was complaining about not being recognized for some “good deed” I thought deserved some reward. Patiently hushing my words, he asked: “Have any of you ever heard of the theory of the invisible pillar?”
As Valentine’s Day approached, I prayed, “Please God, will you send me a rose?” Soon that dreaded day would arrive, when girls receive roses from their boyfriends. But I knew I would receive none. I had no suitors.