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Today, on the feast day of St. Cyril of Alexandria, we remember a bishop and teacher who was so convicted and steadfast in his Catholic faith that he endured a lifetime of derision and hardship from opposition. But he had built his house on solid rock; he had built his life on his Faith in Jesus Christ and on the Catholic Church and no matter what came his way, he would not be moved.
Today, my friends, let's pray for this same fortitude. Let's also pray for the gift of wisdom that allowed St. Cyril to pursue Truth, Faith, Hope and Love with untiring energy. Let's ask Cyril to pray for us, that we may be sustained in our Discipleship, in our Sonship and Daughtership to God the Father no matter what comes our way. Even if we are confronted with seemingly insurmountable hardship, opposition, even our own unworthiness. With the Spirit's gifts of Wisdom and Fortitude, we, like Cyril, will not be moved!
In the words of Winston Churchill: "Never, never, never give up."