St. Cyril of Alexandria: Letters 51-110

St. Cyril of Alexandria: Letters 51-110

St. Cyril of Alexandria: Letters 51-110

St. Cyril of Alexandria: Letters 51-110

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The letter of St. Sixtus, the Bishop [of Rome], to Cyril, the Bishop of Alexandria, after peace was made between Cyril and John.1

WITH GREAT JOY WE2 have been filled with eagerness since "the Orient from on high has visited us,"3 as we have read. For behold, when we were anxious because we wish no one to perish, your holiness by your letters has indicated that the body of the church has been restored.4 Since the structure in her members is being restored, we see that no one is wandering outside, because one faith testifies that all have been placed within. We rejoice that he5 who caused this outrage has been removed from our midst.6 He knows that what he thought has now been prejudicial to himself alone by his lack of faith, who fought against the one7 who has been beneficial to all.

(2) But it is proper that we go from sadness over into joy, because he, in whose name the investigation has been proposed, since sorrow has now been lifted from the universal church, has furnished us with a period of rejoicing. Christ, our God, has shown how true is his cause8 when he saw fit to . . .

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