A Confession (Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople)

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 on to 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 world
where everything is possible.