ΔΕΙΞΕ ΣΥΜΠΑΘΕΙΑ, ΟΧΙ ΣΚΛΗΡΟΤΗΤΑ (Αγίου Ιωάννου του Χρυσοστόμου)

Η αγωνία του Χριστού στην Γεθσημανή. Πίνακας του δανού ζωγράφου Carl Bloch. "Ώφθη (=παρουσιάστηκε) δέ αυτώ άγγελος απ' ουρανού ενισχύων αυτόν." (Κατά Λουκάν κβ΄ 43)

Η αγωνία του Χριστού στην Γεθσημανή. Πίνακας του δανού ζωγράφου Carl Bloch. "Ώφθη (=παρουσιάστηκε) δέ αυτώ άγγελος απ' ουρανού ενισχύων αυτόν." (Κατά Λουκάν κβ΄ 43)

Αν προσπεράσεις τον αδελφό σου χωρίς συμπάθεια και ασπλαχνία, ίσως και σένα να σε προσπεράσει άλλος με τον ίδιο τρόπο, όταν θα βρίσκεσαι στην ίδια κατάσταση. Αν λοιπόν θέλεις να μην παραμεληθείς και περιφρονηθείς, όταν θα πέσεις στην ίδια κατάσταση, να μη δείξεις αδιαφορία, αλλά δείξε μεγάλη φιλοστοργία και να θεωρείς πολύ μεγάλο θησαυρό, το να μπορέσεις να διασώσεις τον αδελφό σου. Γιατί καμιά άλλη αρετή δεν θα μπορούσε ποτέ να εξισωθεί μ’ αυτή.

(Εις Γεν. Ομιλ. ΜΓ΄, 4)

The Blind Boy’s Neighbor

Ο Χριστός θεραπεύει τον τυφλό. Πίνακας του δανού ζωγράφου Carl Bloch (1834-1890).

Chist healing the blind man. Painting by the Dane painter Carl Bloch (1834-1890).

I need to share a story that changed my life forever even though it did not involve me directly. You see, I grew up next door to the blind boy. I was just a few years older than he. As a young child, I overheard awful whisperings in the neighborhood when he was born. This was not only a terrible tragedy for the boy but, of course, also for his parents. They had a blind child to raise in a world that condemned his condition, and they were forced to endure the cruel glances and the accusatory stares of neighbors and even friends. It was a moral nightmare to be born with any sort of defect or illness.

You see, it was commonly believed that any “handicap” as you call it, any physical deformity in an infant, was a direct result of some sin committed by that infant’s parents. When this little boy was born without vision, everybody knew that his parents had done something awful to offend Almighty God. It was their fault. Of course it could have been his fault as well, the baby’s that is, because, sad to say, people used to believe that even unborn babies were capable of offending God. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco blasts Met. Jonah for persecuting the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople

VatopaidiFriend: Rev. Fathers, dear brothers in Christ, The main aim of the contributors of the vatopaidi.wordpress.com is to work for the worldwide unity of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, namely Orthodoxy. Any texts concerning the Orthodox spiritual life, any news about Orthodoxy or other relevant information is welcomed. Our aim is to publish and/or republish Orthodox information from all Patriarchates and all jurisdictions that are in communion with the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Within this context, we avoid to interfere with church politics. In some cases the latter has more to do with human errors than with divine illumination. Human errors are to be corrected with spirit of love in Christ and humility. We support all Orthodox Patriarchates (Constantinople, Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria, Moscow, e.t.c.) and all Orthodox jurisdictions. However, we always keep in mind that as the Ecumenical conventions have decided, the primary (among equals) patriarchate is the one in Constantinople. For this reasons we decided to republish the letter of His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco.

 

mount-sermon2Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you,
and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward
in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you (Matthew 5:11-12).


Dearly Beloved in the Lord,
Christos Anesti!

The Church of Constantinople, tracing her apostolic roots back to St. Andrew the First Called of the Apostles, continues to preserve the integrity and sanctity of our Christian Orthodox Church. The apostolicity of the Throne of Constantinople is further acknowledged by the historical fact that the Apostle and Evangelist John preached in Asia Minor.

For over 2000 years, faithful Orthodox Christians have kept the Church in Constantinople alive. This is especially true of the last 556 years, since the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans. Each day the faithful of the Ecumenical Throne, both clergy and laity, live their lives witnessing to our precious Faith in a Muslim world. Their world is one of sacrifice and persecution that comes from outside the Church. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »