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Message of Bartholomew

26 września 2005 | 14:41 | Ⓒ Ⓟ

Eminence, Most Reverend Archbishop Henryk Muszyński, in Christ the Lord our most beloved and dearest brother, may grace and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ rest upon Your Eminence.

The fundamental element of the creation “according to an image” offered to us at the beginning by God was the function of the word: the spiritual, spoken and written one, thanks to which we are able to engage in profound dialogue with one another, while thanks to prayer we are able to establish a direct contact with the Heavenly Father, and through the tradition of dialogue also with our brethren.
The Holy Scripture of the Old and the New Testament shows us on numerous occasions the Persons of the Holy Trinity in mutual relations, also in conversation with people. Sometimes this contact has a more divine character, other times it is more accessible, depending on the spiritual level of the partner of the dialogue. Even in this aspect of life the Persons of the Holy Trinity become a model for us, believers.
This is proof of how much needed and vital this gift of the word, filled with the grace of God, and directed to our humankind is because it is absent from the rest of the creation. It shows that a true community is possible only within the beloved relations between God and people being a result of their development and constant improvement.
Therefore the saint predecessor of Our Humbleness, Gregory the Theologian, notes that “God the Word, out of all the gifts He has bestowed upon us takes the greatest pleasure in the gift of words when we offer them to Him. That is why more than by any other name, He rejoices in being called the Word”.
After this introduction I wish to express my joy in being able to address a message of our greatly martyred and crucified Ecumenical Patriarchate to a unique gathering of beloved participants of this congress, convened under the motto “The Europe of Dialogue”.
The present era of our ancient continent, beloved brothers in Christ, is characterised by an ever expanding isolation of people from one another as well as by an excessive, tedious and often thoughtless torrent of words broadcast by the communications media. Perhaps a lack of a living relationship with God achieved first and foremost thanks to a prayerful dialogue does not provide an adequate theological foundation for a constructive dialogue, which results from the recognition in the persons of each of us and those who are around us the relations of divine signs. Therefore an attempt at contact limited solely to the visual aspect does not touch on the profound and existential problems of partners of dialogue, who remain on the verges of this dialogue, as it were, and who cannot reach inward into its essence.
I believe, then, that each and every attempt at revealing a need for dialogue and a success of dialogue is possible only thanks to the attitude of the Gospel, since in the persons of our brothers we see the Lord Himself, who calls us to the Divine community through the beloved intertrinitarian relation of love and koinonia.
Wishing from the bottom of my heart a bountiful spiritual harvest to your convention, so that it may contribute to stabilisation and the revelation of an objective value of the function of dialogue for Europe, I once again stress the need for a never-ending relation between the souls of every one of us with the Heavenly Father, whose grace, love and mercy may be with all the brothers gathered here.

11 October 2004
Beloved in Christ Brother of Your Eminence
+ of Constantinople Bartholomew

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