St. Cyprian — Bishop and Martyr September 16

This saint was a convert. He was a genius. St. Jerome says that his works are more brilliant than the sun. His name is listed in the Canon of the Mass.

And though in the sight of men they suffered torments, their hope is full of immortality. Afflicted in a few things, in many they shall be awarded: because God hath tried them, and found them worthy of Himself. — Epistle, Wisdom 3

The Imitation of Christ
This is not man’s power, but the grace of Christ; which doth and can effect such great things in frail flesh, and that what it naturally abhors and flies, even this, through fervor of spirit, it now embraces and loves.
Ideal
Born of pagan parents, he received the wondrous gift of faith. He was so brilliant that he and his works became known to the whole of the Christian and the pagan world of learning of his time and long after. It did not make him foolishly vain, however.
Today
Take a sensible view of things. People who have accomplishments, never need to “show off” because those accomplishments are great enough to be noticed without effort on the part of the possessor. Only the person who “makes believe” must show off to get any attention whatsoever. See how many times today you can catch yourself “putting on airs.”
Slogan
What fools we mortals be! — Shakespeare