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Does faith have a role in today’s times?
What does “believe” mean today, in 2021, at the beginning of such a turbulent twenty-first century? At a time of fluid, transitional, both political, social and bioethics, neuroscience, at a time when old certainties are completely shaken and new uncertainties standing before us, what role can faith play? Role of consolation or feedback of dead-end illusions and past prejudices? Is it precisely for this reason that the necessity of believing in a supreme being or, at least, in something invisible, moving behind and beyond any technological, scientific, tangible reality, is more timely than ever?
As long as man remains mortal, with absolute knowledge – probably consciousness – of his impending end from the moment he is born, the question of faith will never go away from the search for man, no matter how much technology and science drive the perception of the real, including the self, to other dimensions.
It is a natural difficulty to realize and live what Christ said to the Apostle Thomas “Blessed are the non-seeers and believers”, and for many of us it becomes insurmountable, for it is true what Mary Flannery O’Connor wrote: “I do not know you, Lord, because myself is the obstacle!”! The most difficult application of faith is its application in life.
We have a distorted perception of human data and imagine that what we have, can or do not acquire or anyway is given to us as a ‘package’, i.e. as a single whole and not as an increasing share path. We also accept for the faith that one either has faith or does not! We imagine it’s something like our hand or the color of our eyes. I mean, I either have a hand or I don’t. Either my eyes are blue or they’re not. But faith is a completely different matter. It’s small or large, ascending or ingest. Faith is the feeling and experience created by a relationship. Sense of security or ambiguity. Confident or unfinished business. Great trust or minimum confidence.
Faith is what assures man’s heart, so he can be sure of the other. What enters the hearts of people and at the same time remains inconceivable. It is what Pascal says: “There is reason for the heart to trust, which the mind fails to understand.” Faith is a mental process that, starting with human (in the relationship with parents), becomes the basis and pedestal for there to be and to be set up and faith in Christ. All of this, of course, has nothing to do with the simple mental belief that God exists. Of course, the intellectual acceptance of God’s existence is presupposed, because otherwise the whole story becomes an illusion. But the assumption of God’s existence is trust. The Evangelical faith is already in love. Faith in Christ is to leave ourselves to Him for what constitutes our existence. Faith is the certainty that we love each other, that we are accompanied and guided, even to the worst, that can happen to us!
God is always God of love. That’s why faith and joy go together. As the Apostle Paul says in the letter to Jews: Faith means “certainty” for what we hope for, “certainty” for what we do not see (11,1). The whore expresses her gratitude before Christ tells her: “Your faith saved you” (Luke 7, 35-40). Her faith was a faith that was able to pre-understand, with a gesture of gratitude, the outcome of the meeting!
Christ prays that Peter’s faith does not “disappear” (i.e. not disappear) in order to support his brethren by returning, when Satan asks to “melt” us like wheat in millstones (Luke 22, 31-34). At first Christ speaks in the singular and then in the plural, pointing out that the subject concerns everyone.
The Evangelists made us connoisseurs and shareholders of the uncertainty of the faith of the disciples (the first believers), to realize that “a faith that does not doubt, is a dead faith” (see Pascal). The apostles ask Christ to “add” faith to them!
The father of the lunar young man with his cry “I believe, Lord, help me in my infidelity” emits the most human voice. If we use a modern image, faith motivates you to move on in life, like a reporter in an unknown country…!
If your faith makes you less sensitive, hardens you to the joy of life or even makes you rough, if it gives you the illusion that you control everything, if your faith makes you less… smart, then you can tell yourself that such faith does not come from the Living God Jesus! It’s a bad imitation: Instead of being loud and open to surprises (as a call that’s from Christ), it spoils and becomes dry as a slogan.
Faith is the link between human weakness and divine omnipotence.
Faith is the eye with which we see Christ. A blurred or teary eye is still an eye that can see Christ.
Faith is the hand with which we are held by Christ. A trembling hand is a hand that can spread and catch the curb of Christ’s clothing.
The wall of heroes of 1821 in the Municipality of Argyroupolis
The Municipality of Hellenic – Argyroupolis, in view of the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821, created a huge mural with heroes of the Greek Revolution on a wall of the swimming pool of the city of 900 sq.m.
The ethno-martyr Gregory E, Patriarch of Constantinople who was hanged by the Turks and our Orthodox Church proclaimed him a Saint, Theodoros Kolokotronis, Laskarina Bouboulina, Gregory Law Papaflessa, Marcos Botsaris, Konstantinos Kanaris, Nikitaras, Manto Mavrogenous, Georgios Karaiskakis, Athanasios Diakos, Old Patras Germanos, our national poet Dionysios Solomos who wrote our National Anthem and the first governor of Greece , remind us to whom we owe our freedom today.
The Mayor of the city Giannis Konstantatos said in this connection:
“God put his signature on the Freedom of the homeland, and God’s signature back does not get it,” Kolokotronis said, addressing the Greeks at the start of the Revolution.
They had no money, they didn’t have guns, they didn’t even have allies, but they had the most important thing, the decision to die for the freedom of the homeland.
200 years later all of us who enjoy the goods of a favoured state, a democracy born of their own struggle and sacrifice, declare that we do not forget the heroes of 1821.
For this reason, the Municipality of Hellenic-Argyroupolis will honor their struggle and sacrifice by organizing anniversary events, starting from the depiction of their forms on the main streets and walls of the city reminding the older ones and teaching the younger ones, our glorious history and above all their sacrifice.
Because nothing is conquered without fight and blood. Honor and glory to the heroes of 1821, honor and glory in our Greece”.
The Metropolitan of Glyfada, Varis Voulas Vouliagmenis and Hellenic Antony visited the spot located on the border of the municipal community of Argyroupolis of the municipal community of Hellenic and Glyfada, saw the mural of the heroes of 1821 and made the following statement:
“I would like to congratulate the Mayor of Hellenic – Argyroupolis and the entire Municipal Council on the initiative they had to make the graffiti of the fighters of the liberation struggle of 1821 and I congratulate them because we must always remember that we owe to them the freedom that we have today. Warm congratulations”
Emotional was the presence of the Volunteers of the Municipality who took care of the smooth passage of the citizens from the point of the project.
The talented artist “Eurytos”, to complete the mural of heroes worked for a week, used over 500 spray bottles to complete his work and more than 80 hours of work.
“The most important thing about all this for me is the approach on the part of the world and the expression of love, not to my face so much, but more to the heroes I portrayed.
More touching in all this were the children who approached me while I was painting the heroes and were interested in being photographed next to them. This was particularly touching for me, because I would like them to be inspired, as I was inspired by Greek history, when I was at that age,” he said.
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