There is perhaps no other medical specialty which experiences the tension of the borderline between life and death, respect for life and affection for people, the right decision and the wrong outcome, the need to extend our co-existence and the desire to provide fellow-feeling, hope for a life without pain, the struggle between extending life and the unwanted consequences of holding back death.
“I see here only design. Firstly, to hide the responsibility of those who have brought us to our current tragic state; and secondly, to strike a blow not only at the personality of Fr. Ephraim, but also at the image of the Church in modern life,” the Metropolitan added. Metropolitan Chrysostom of Patras considers that the decision to arrest Fr. Ephraim is directed at the Church itself.
The higher one climbs, the more—we are told by scientists—gravity weakens; the less one can feel earth’s pull, the more one’s ties to earth are loosened; it becomes so much easier for one to depart from earth’s demanding and contending presence. One becomes so much lighter.