The Church appreciates and highlights the physical reality of the world, Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus says in his greeting at a school event.
In his address, Archbishop Chrysostomos said that “when speaking of holiness, which is forgotten even as a word, especially among young people, we must clarify that the saints were everyday people like us.”
He also stressed that Cyprus, in the past, has been a place of prayer for many saints, mainly ascetics. More generally, he noted that Church proves, through the years of its history, “that it values and highlights the physical reality of the world”.
He also added that today’s man has unfortunately been alienated from this spirit. “Self-interest and satisfaction of their natural needs at the expense of creation have become people’s motivation. The nature that surrounds people is seen from this perspective. That means, as a place to extract goods in order to have a good life, full of indulgence and material prosperity.”