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Does this sound familiar? St. Justin Martyr (100-165 A.D.) could have written this letter to Diognetus today, it is so current. May we live in such a way as to fit the description of a Christian put forth by St. Justin who was beheaded for the faith.
To put it all briefly: What the soul is to the body, Christians are to the world. The soul is present in all the body’s members; so are Christians in the world’s cities. The soul dwells in the body but does not originate from it. Christians live in the world but do not have their origin there. The invisible soul abides in the visible body. Christians are seen as living in the world, but their piety is invisible. On the other hand, the body though it suffers nothing from the soul, hates it and makes war upon it because it cannot enjoy its pleasures in peace; the world suffers nothing from Christians but hates them because they reject its pleasures. The soul loves the flesh and members which hate it; so do Christians love those who hate them. The soul is enclosed in the body, but it contains the body; Christians must remain in the world as in a prison, but they contain the world. The immortal soul dwells in a mortal home; Christians are pilgrims in a corruptible world while they look forward to heavenly immortality. God has set them in the world as his sentinels and they may not leave their posts.