Cyril of Alexandria
|Athanasius and Cyril of Alexandria|
A Letter to the Priests and DeaconsFor his (Christ's) only begotten Word, as I said, was begotten from the substance of God the Father. But after the Word assumed flesh and made it his own, he also bears the name Son of man and became like us. It is in no way absurd to say, I think, but rather necessary to confess also that he was born according to the flesh from a woman, just as, of course, the soul of a man is generated together with its own body and is considered as one with it, even though in nature it is known in comparison with the body to be different and existing by itself according to its own logos. And if someone wished to say that the mother of someone is the mother of a body but not the one who brought a soul into the world, he is thinking extremely foolishly. For a living being is born, as I said, skillfully composed of unlike principles, from two, indeed, but one man results, each principle remaining that which it is, both brought together as if into one natural unity and so joined with each other that each communicates to the other what is proper to itself.
That the unity in Christ is very, very necessary is entirely without difficulty and easy to perceive through many other arguments.
(Letter 1, pages 21-22, from Letters 1-50 by St. Cyril of Alexandria)
|Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves by Rembrandt|
ApplicationIf we're going to be Christians, then we need to admit the mystery at the heart of our religion and own it.
Christians believe that Christ is an incarnate union of the divine and the human, and what's at stake here is a Savior who suffered. If we lose that, we are of all men most miserable.