Σάββατο, 10 Σεπτεμβρίου 2011

"Ο ΛΟΓΟΣ ΤΟΥ ΘΕΟΥ ΣΤΗΝ ΠΝΕΥΜΑΤΙΚΗ ΖΩΗ" ΣΤΟ BOSE ΤΗΣ ΙΤΑΛΙΑΣ


Από 7 έως και σήμερα 10 Σεπτεμβρίου 2011 στην μοναστική κοινότητα του Bose της Ιταλίας πραγματοποιήθηκε το XIX Διεθνές Συμπόσιο για την Ορθόδοξη πνευματικότητα με θέμα «Ο Λόγος του Θεού στην πνευματική ζωή."
Στο Bose πραγματοποιούνται ανάλογα συνέδρια ορθοδόξου πνευματικότητος κάθε χρόνο και συμμετέχουν πολλοί ορθόδοξοι θεολόγοι, κληρικοί και λαϊκοί, από πολλές Αυτοκέφαλες Εκκλησίες. Το πρόγραμμα του συνεδρίου δείτε εδώ
Μηνύματα προς το Συμπόσιο έστειλαν ο Πάπας Βενέδικτος ΙΣΤ', ο Οικουμενικός Πατριάρχης Βαρθολομαίος και πολλοί Προκαθήμενοι Ορθοδόξων Εκκλησιών. Στην εναρκτήρια συνεδρίαση προήδρευσε ο Συντονιστής της Ακαδημίας Θεολογικών Σπουδών της Μητροπόλεως Δημητριάδος Δρ. Παντελής Καλαϊτζίδης, μαζί με τον ηγούμενο της Μονής Bose Enzo Bianchi και τον Μητροπολίτη Μεσσηνίας Χρυσόστομο. Ανάμεσα στους συνέδρους ο σπουδαίος Μητροπολίτης Όρους Λιβάνους Γεώργιος και ο Στρατιωτικός ιερέας Αρχιμ. Μελέτιος Κουράκλης.
Το μήνυμα του Οικουμενικού Πατριάρχου (στα αγγλικά) προς το Συνέδριο, έχει ως εξής:
Beloved organizers, dear Brother Enzo and members of the monastic community at Bose, distinguished speakers and participants,
It is with great joy that we address this warm message of greeting to the eminent gathering of the 19th ecumenical and international conference on Orthodox spirituality with its focus, this year, on “the Word of God in the Spiritual Life.”
When we consider the spiritual struggle of the Christian faithful, we normally think about the difficult feats of fasting and prayer; or else we imagine the seemingly inaccessible virtues and passionately aggressive vices. Yet, none of these spiritual principles and elements makes sense or produce results without the fundamental principles espoused by and expounded in the Holy Scriptures. The Church Fathers and desert hermits were certainly aware of this truth and were careful to include and incorporate the Word of God in every aspect of their spiritual discipline and daily life. Their influential writings, just as the spiritual and liturgical literature of the early Church, are solidly based on the Bible. Even when the Bible is not explicitly mentioned, it is definitely taken for granted – like the air that all the saints and ascetics breathe. In the words of St. Mark the Monk in the 5th century: “He who is humble in thought and engaged in spiritual work, when he reads the Holy Scriptures, will apply everything to himself.”
Therefore, the Word of God is not simply something inspirational or influential. It is definitive and normative for the spiritual life, serving as “a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path.” (Psalm 118.105) It is a living Word, which we are called to hear and obey, to adhere and conform to – in the spiritual struggle and within the experience of the Church. In this regard, our model is the blessed Theotokos, who “kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2.19) When we ponder God’s Word in our soul, then we “shall do whatever He tells us.” (John 2.5)
Indeed, the Word of God is crucial in the spiritual struggle inasmuch as it paves the way for the softening and repentance of the heart. In the Egyptian desert, Abba Poemen once said: “The nature of water is soft, that of stone is hard; but if a bottle is hung above the stone, allowing the water to fall drop by drop, it wears away the stone. So it is with the word of God; it is soft and our hearts are hard, but those who hear the word of God often, open their hearts to revere the Lord.”
Our fervent prayer for you as conference participants and for all our faithful is that we encounter the living Word of God so that – verse by verse, and drop by drop – it may transform our entire lives into living cells of the Body of Christ.
His Holiness
the Ecumenical Patriarch
Bartholomew

Το μήνυμα του Αρχιεπισκόπου Αθηνών και Πάσης Ελλάδος Ιερωνύμου προς το Συνέδριο είναι στα ιταλικά και έχει ως εξής:
Atene, 2 Settembre 2011-09-05
Al p. Enzo Bianchi
Monastero di Bose
I – 13887 Magnano (BI)
Porgo il mio saluto all’inizio dei lavori del 19mo Convegno Inter-Cristiano di Spiritualità Ortodossa, che si svolge al Monastero di Bose dal 7 Settembre fino al 10 Settembre 2011, e il cui tema è “La Parola di Dio nella vita spirituale”.
In un’epoca in cui il “significante” può indicare un “significato” così diverso nella realtà per l’uno o per l’altro uomo, per l’una o per l’altra società, in quest’epoca, nella nostra teologia viviamo le intense e stabili realtà della Parola di Dio che ci è stata consegnata nella Santa Scrittura, da una parte, e dell’esegesi nello Spirito di questa stessa Parola, e in generale della vita spirituale, dall’altra. È dunque molto importante il lavoro del vostro Convegno, poiché esplorerà tematiche che hanno relazione con la coesistenza di queste due grandezze nella realtà della Chiesa, con i cui criteri noi comprendiamo e viviamo il “significante”, la Parola di Dio.
Mi congratulo con gli organizzatori e prego che il Dio e Verbo fatto carne, il Signore nostro Gesù Cristo benedica largamente i lavori del Simposio.
Con ardenti preghiere,
l’Arcivescovo di Atene, Hieronymos II

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