WE MUST know that riots, no matter how much they wanted to bring peace, inevitably produce new and new riots, said the patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, addressing the faithful at the beginning of the Christmas fast.
The Patriarch of Porphyry says that yesterday he watched with sadness “how physical conflicts broke out between us, members of the same people, but also the citizens of Serbia, regardless of which nation they belong to.”
– At the very entrance to the Christmas fast, we fight with each other with fists, sticks, we stone the buses, we smash each other’s heads, we destroy property. I do not want to analyze what is the reason and what is the real cause of the conflict; neither who is guilty, and who is innocent – says the patriarch of Porphyry.
He points out that those who create conflicts and manage crises and conflicts in the world, but also those who polarize, share and politicize every topic in order to create divisions out of selfish, partial interests, know all that well.
– I can only pray for everything, to appeal, to protect each other, not to fight. Everyone needs everyone. We can’t do without each other. Everyone should respect everyone, God calls us to that – the patriarch emphasizes.
– I pray to God that in the days of Christmas fasting we direct our thoughts, wishes and prayers to Christ God, the only peacemaker, towards the common good, understanding, love and respect for our neighbor, regardless of the fact that things are ideological, sociological, politically and every other views are different – adds the patriarch of Porphyry.
He emphasizes that the period of fasting, in which we have stepped, reminds us and calls us to the necessary peace.
– However, we must know that true peace cannot be achieved without reconciliation and peace with God, that is, without effort to live, as far as possible, in accordance with Christ’s evangelical system of values, which are summed up in the mystery of the twofold love for God. and towards one’s neighbor, which means towards every human being. We must know that riots, no matter how much they wanted to bring peace, inevitably produce new and new riots – the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church points out.
– In that sense, peace with God simultaneously and unconditionally implies limiting one’s egoism, self-love, selfishness, intolerance, exclusivity, in one word limiting one’s individual will, and giving others the right and space to express their freedom and their gifts and abilities. a civilized and democratic way contributes to the good in all matters of general importance, both for the present and for the future of the people and the state. With these few thoughts, I wish a happy and blessed Christmas fast, which leads us to the peace that Christ is among us – Patriarch Porphyry said at the end of his address.
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