Pastoral Healthcare

One of the most important ministries of the Church throughout its history has been providing spiritual care to the sick. The Ecumenical Patriarchate has always being sensitive to the needs of this ministry from the years of the Byzantine Empire up until now. Its clergy are active in providing pastoral care to the ill, both on a parish level and in specialized facilities.  read more...

Pastoral Thought of the Week

July 5, 2015

Before the void

Grace fills empty spaces, but it can only enter where there is a void to receive it, and it is grace itself which makes this void.

To love truth means to endure the void and, as a result, to accept death...

Whoever endures a moment of void either receives the supernatural bread or falls. It is a terrible risk but one that must run, even during the instant when hope fails. But we must not throw ourselves into it.

Simone Weil
Gravity and Grace
The University of Nebraska Press
p. 55-56