One thing I've been reminded of...

in the face of all the disucssion and challenge that have rippled through the Antiochian Archdiocese following the decision of the Holy Synod to change its Diocesan Bishops to Auxiliaries is that the deepest wounds always seem to be inflicted in the holiest places.

It's one thing to be called a name or subject to harsh words by an atheist or an enemy of the Faith, its on another level completely to have the same being done by a fellow Christian. The whole framework of our relationship with each other in a hierarchical Church rests on the trust that we are all working for the greater good and the vulnerability to place ourselves in submission to each other. When that breaks down in angry words and deeds the damage is profound and the wounds go deep.

We'll have a lot of work to do when all of this blows over.