His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan writes:
The Heart of a High Priest
“I prayed for you, that your faith wouldn't fail. You, when once you have turned again, establish your brothers”
Very Esteemed Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy,
Honorable Members of the Archdiocese Board of Trustees,
and Beloved Faithful
of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America:
Christ is risen!
With a peaceful heart, I am writing these lines upon commemorating the 40th Day memorial service for the eternal repose of the soul of His Eminence, Metropolitan Philip of New York and all North America.
On this occasion, I am wondering about the most precious thing that God ever granted to man: his heart. If any of us watches himself, he realizes what kind of “work” takes place there, a work of love and unity. Parents are aware of such work, because life and experience shape them in such a way that they are called to overcome themselves, be attentive, take care, be responsible, and be able to sacrifice themselves for another's sake. They learn to love and understand, to some extent, what love is about.