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

April 10, 2016

The Joy and Grief of Forgiveness

When someone forgives or is forgiven and only feels “alleviation” from his guilt or justification of his acts, what he essentially feels is verification of his narcissistic existence. In reality, his forgiveness does not include true love for the Other.  

When someone truly forgives or is forgiven, he is overcome by joy and tranquility because he allows the Other to co-exist in his space; joy because where two or three are gathered together in the name of Jesus, there, He is in the midst of them (Mat. 18:20). Simultaneously though, the person that has joy also grieves. He grieves because, although he wants the Other to co-exist with him,  he realizes the difficulty he has to accept the shortcomings and weaknesses of his fellow human being and to co-exist with him in freedom and love.