Cosmic Grace, Humble Prayer

This book presents the ecological vision of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, a religious leader on environmental issues. Cosmic Grace, Humble Prayer is a collection of church statements and occasional addresses by the Ecumenical Patriarch, some of them translated here for the first time.

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Dialogue of Love

In 1964, a little-noticed albeit pioneering encounter in the Holy Land between the heads of the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church spawned numerous contacts and diverse openings between the two "sister churches," which had not communicated with each other for centuries. Fifty years later, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew meet in Jerusalem to commemorate that historical event and celebrate the close relations that...

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In the Heart of the Desert

The Desert Fathers and Mothers—those early Christian ascetics who withdrew from the world to seek God—have influenced the spiritual lives of many people, from Saint Augustine to Thomas Merton. Their words, sometimes inspiring and uplifting, sometimes agonizingly painful, sometimes humorous, always speak straight from the heart. They resonate through the centuries because they tell the story of the “deserted” soul in its pilgrimage from darkness...

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