In the third century, St. Cyprian wrote to a friend named Donatus:
This seems a cheerful world, Donatus, when I view it from this fair garden. ... But if I climbed some great mountain and looked out ... you know very well what I would see; brigands on the high road, pirates on the seas, in the amphitheaters men murdered to please the applauding crowds. ...
Yet in the midst of it, I have found a quiet and holy people. ... They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are Christians. ... (Max Lucado, Grace For the Moment, 24 August)