From a sermon on man's mortality by Saint Cyprian (from the Office of Readings today):
"The world hates Christians, so why give your love to it instead of following Christ, who loves you and has redeemed you? ... Our part, my dear brothers, is to be single-minded, firm in faith, and steadfast in courage, ready for God's will, whatever it may be. Banish the fear of death and think of the eternal life that follow. That will show people that we really live our faith."