20140419

A Paschal Letter

We must repudiate the logic of war …”

"We must repudiate the logic of war and power, based a logic of selfishness and death," said Gregorios III LahamMelkite Greek Catholic Church Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. Of Alexandria and of Jerusalem in his Paschal Letter for 2014.

In his letter, the Patriarch also announced a path to accomplish this in the development of a Syrian think-tank of committed Christian intellectuals. The purpose of this gathering is to "formulate principles, methods, and programmes based on our national values and the teachings of the Gospel.With a fuller common and practical understanding of the Gospels and Second Vatican Council, members of the forum will be more properly fitted to mentally and spiritually challenge the problems of Syrian society rooted in destructive secularist ideas .

In addition to announcing the forum he made a plea to the whole world on behalf of the afflicted as part his message recognizing humanity's RESURRECTION Read the full message 

Gregorious III also quoted the good, true and beautiful confessional poem by the late Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople.

I have waged this war against myself for many years
. . . now I am disarmed.
I am no longer frightened of anything
because love banishes fear.
I am disarmed of the need to be right
and to justify myself by disqualifying others.
. . . I just want to welcome and to share. . . .
What is good, true and real is always for me the best.
That is why I have no fear.

When we are disarmed and dispossessed of self
If we open our hearts to the God-Man
who makes all things new
then He takes away past hurts
and reveals a new time
where everything is possible.

~Patriarch Athenagoras


Why post this in a Christian Scientist blog?

In Christian unity, I have been praying while following the news of violence in our world today and have been visiting religious worship services of those who have fled violence to establish a new life in the area. It has been an extra-ordinary experience of not understanding a word while we have prayed together that the peace Easter promises will soon be manifest for all.

Mary Baker Eddy wrote this on page 340 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:
One infinite Godgood, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.

A few days ago, a man and I entered the Church where his congregation holds services while they work to demonstrate their own edifice. It is a beautiful example of Christians of different faith traditions loving each other. When I asked him where he was born, the Iraqi-born man bowed and shook his head thinking of his escape through Lebanon on his way here. Then he looked at me with a bursting joy and said, “I'm an American citizen!”

With a grateful heart, I welcomed him. Then we entered and went our separate ways wearing smiles as Holy Week began.

The Great Lent has ended, it is Holy Saturday. This evening, I will join with another congregation for Easter Vigil to watch for the morning of hope and joy celebrating Christ Jesus' Resurrection that has freed us all from idolatrous fear of death.

Alleluia! He is risen!
He is risen in deed!

Happy Easter to you all,


+Carolyn St.Charles
@stcharlescs

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Link to this post:
Link to Gregorios III Paschal Letter: http://goo.gl/Gdti4g
Link to Patriarch Athenagoras poem:  http://goo.gl/djGmkY
Link to MaryBakerEddy quote: http://goo.gl/Gg13xz


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