In What Lies the Spiritual Strength of Blessed Metropolitan Anthony?
St. JOHN (Maximovitch)
The grace of the Spirit taught him well that the head of the Church must concern himself not only with that Church which is entrusted to him by the Spirit, but with the entire, universal Church. He learned this through the holy prayers. “If we must,” said St. Eustace, “pray for the ecumenical Church, from one end of the universe to the other, then so the more must we show our care for all of it, concerning ourselves equally with all (churches) and caring for everyone.”
These words of St. John the Damascene to St. Eustace of Antioch are wholly applicable to Blessed Metropolitan Anthony of Kiev as well. He was truly an ecumenical hierarch, probing all questions of church life everywhere, carrying within him all its ills, literally lifting their weight onto his frame.
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