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But Now I Am Disarmed


"I have waged this war against myself for many years.
It was terrible.

But now I am disarmed.
I am no longer frightened of anything
because love banishes fear.

I am disarmed of the need to be right
and to justify myself by disqualifying others.
I am no longer on the defensive
holding onto my riches.
I just want to welcome and to share.

I don't hold onto my ideas and projects.

If someone shows me something better —
No, I shouldn't say better but good —
I accept them without any regrets.
I no longer seek to compare.

What is good, true and real is always for me the best.
That is why I have no fear.

When we are disarmed and dispossessed of self
If we open our hearts to the God-Man
who makes all things new
then He takes away past hurts
and reveals a new time
where everything is possible."

Patriarch Athenagoras I of Constantinople,
the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople
from 1948 - 1972
(translated by Jean Vanier).

Found here.

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