Today's Wisdom

When we meet a person truly in need, do we see the face of God?
Pope Francis

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Lessons to those who wish to understand

The only way to go forward in your life is help yourself and the people you know to understand each other in order to communicate. This is the basic rule in every business. Language is essential in any understanding, and understanding the culture that you live in is essential to express it in works of arts, music, paintings, movies, and books. For good benefits in any business or church community, members of the organization need to be quite at ease in spelling out their ideas in the language of the other members. If we wish to reach out to younger generations, we must speak to them in their language. In English Canada, it is important that any communication with the younger generations be made in English. Unfortunately, ethnic-based communities are stuck with their old mentality and language which prevent them from integrating with the larger and more successful communities that have been in Canada for much longer times. Families and individuals who come to Canada, America, and Europe must already be familiar with the languages of the hosting countries and must be willing to integrate with the majority communities of those countries. The economic situation does not permit the hosting country to pay free welfare to immigrants or refugees - money taken from taxes paid by the hosting country's citizens.
This is the first lesson that ethnic communities must learn. Online free courses are available for those willing to learn foreign languages...It is also essential for the younger generations to grow up having full respect to the human and Christian values embedded in the laws of the hosting countries. The chaotic atmosphere in economic planning and policies that exist in most underdeveloped countries in the Middle East and Africa may not be carried to the advanced economies of the West regardless of the good intentions of the hosting political authorities to help suffering people in those countries. Discipline is a most important value. Security against extremism must be taken in every place where there is a suspicion of migrants' ill-intention. At the same time, every effort must be made, especially among Eastern Christians, to disseminate a message of reconciliation among people of every ethnicity and religion as Pope Francis has declared in Assisi a few days ago. Regardless of religion, God loves every person (created through his Word: Christ). It remains, however, the responsibility of those that received the Word (Christ) in the Church to communicate his authentic life and teaching of love in the language of their current/local country to everyone else by imitating him (Cf. The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis published on Amazon.com). Every person carries some goodness from the creator of all. If hate against you is unacceptable, it is not right to avenge hatred with hatred. St. Paul wrote "Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good" (Rom 12:9).

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Henri Boulad, S.J.: Change the World!

Fr. Henri Boulad, SJ started his brief talk on September 10 by identifying his mission...Why is he here? His mission is "to change the world".
Some 7 years ago when he was 78 years old, his long mission of over 50 years seemed to have come to an end when he suddenly fell seriously ill. He then asked the Lord "If you want to take me home, I am ready. If you want me to continue this mission, please give me an answer."  And the good Lord answered him...Henri Boulad suddenly felt that he has been renewed with energy to continue in spite of his weakness for as long as he can...He drew a parallel with Moses. Moses was allowed to speak to God in the unconsumed bush on Mount Sinai.There God asked him to speak to Egypt's rulers in spite of his heavy tongue (Exodus 4: 10) in order to let his people go to the Promised Land. And Moses lived 120 years after he liberated God's chosen people. Henri Boulad too could live up to be 120 years old for the mission he is called to fulfill. He does not control his life because he let God do it. It is a matter of love for God through his creation.

Baptism by Fire is precisely the same as fulfilling God's love in one's life. John the Baptist prepared the people for Christ's coming...John the Baptist said to his followers:
“I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the holy Spirit and fire." (Luke 3: 16).
How does Christ baptize by Fire? Let's look at two texts from the New Testament: Jesus said "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit." (John 12: 24). Here, Christ speaks about his own baptism by the Holy Spirit and fire which he undergoes in his passion and death. He dies to himself in order to save humanity from its own failure and be raised by God the Holy Spirit. In his death he goes down to dead and raises them with him, restores the human race to his Father. The fruits of his death and resurrection are found on the big tree that emerged and continues to grow in the world which is the Church.
The second text is the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).There a man travelling from Jerusalem down to Jericho fell in the hands of robbers who stripped, beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A "priest" passed by but did not wish to save him as he was busy going on his way for his functions, and so did a "Levite" (who, like a deacon, burns incense to the Lord), also too busy to take care of the half-dead man...On seeing him, both passed by on the opposite direction. Those were the people to whom everyone in the Jewish nation of Christ listened. This is the way we treat the needy, helpless, and elderly in society today. Negligence to the point of death in a "waste culture". The surprise is a Samaritan, traditionally, the enemy fallen out from God's Law, who happened to pass by the half-dead man.Moved with compassion at the sight, "he approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.’ For Christ, "Baptism by fire" is the work of the Holy Spirit in each one who received him. He waits and knocks on the door for us to repent and grow in love of each other. I need to exit from my ego and love the "other" as much as possible by abandoning myself to God's love. (Note: As an ordinary person,  I would not find it possible to exit from my ego totally - The second Commandment "Love your neighbour as yourself" assumes that you love yourself in the first place. Only mystics such as St. Bernard of Clairvaux can achieve this state (see http://todayquestions.blogspot.ca/2008/07/st-bernard-on-four-loves.html). However, what is impossible for men is possible with God. Love  prepares us to be saved.)
Fr. Boulad closes his speech with an eloquent interpretation from Revelation 21 [Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people* and God himself will always be with them [as their God]. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, [for] the old order has passed away.” The one who sat on the throne* said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Then he said, “Write these words down, for they are trustworthy and true.” He said to me, “They are accomplished.* I [am] the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give a gift from the spring of life-giving water.] (Revelation 21: 1-6).

In less than 15 minutes, Fr. Boulad, brought forward a vision not only for Christians dealing - like the Good Samaritan - with non-Christians who massacre Christians in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and North America but also for the way Christians need to die to their ego, greed and selfishness in order to grow in Christ and witness to him in most Atheistic secular societies and indeed hope for Jerusalem of the new heaven and earth.

This is how we " change the world" by the grace of God!!!  

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Queen Spouse and The Dragon

On Monday August 15, 2016, the Church celebrates the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. On August 15, 2009, I had the privilege of attending the celebration at St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto presided over by Thomas Collins the Archbishop of Toronto who, as the Cardinal Archbishop of Toronto, presided over the opening Mass on the Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus on Tuesday August 2 attended by thousands of the faithful and over a hundred and fifty cardinals, bishops, and priests from Canada, America, Europe and Latin America where the Knights of Columbus are actively serving the communities and the universal Church. Here is an excerpt of what I gathered from the homily by the Archbishop of Toronto on the Assumption of the Virgin Mary celebrated in August 2009:
http://todayquestions.blogspot.ca/2009/08/assumption-of-mary.html
The story of Mary Mother of God inspired the Venerable American Archbishop Fulton Sheen to give a talk, before his passing away in 1979, in which he significantly relates Mary to the passion and death of Christ her son. Dying on the cross, Christ tells his Mother how she will participate in his sufferings as prophesied by Simeon in the Temple (Luke 2:35), calls Mary "Woman" and gives her to his beloved disciple John to be the Mother of the Church; a title declared solemnly by Blessed Pope Paul VI in the closing moments of Vatican II in 1965, but with this new relationship, Mary becomes the Spouse of the Lord symbolizing the growing Church that will deliver saints throughout centuries of hardship and renewal. The reader may wish to listen to the talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG5-RSevDBI . According to Thomas Collins, this is Mary the same woman identified in Apocalypse known as Revelation [God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems. Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth. She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne.The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God....Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed One.”] (Revelation 11: 19a; 12: 1-6a; 10 ab )

But how was the kingdom built? Msgr. Robert Nusca, Pastor of Holy Rosary Church and Professor of theology at the University of Toronto, made reference to "Baptism by Fire" in his homily on Sunday August 14, 2016 readings. Albeit from a different Biblical angle, Msgr. Nusca touched on the keynote speech by Fr. Henri Boulad, S.J. which he will deliver on September 10 in the presence of Cardinal Collins and other dignitaries attending the Toronto Caritas event in support of persecuted Christians and other needy ones in the Middle East. In the Gospel, Jesus challenges the disciples [“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”]. Msgr. Robert Nusca compared it to "Baptism by the Spirit" who works in the hearts to help them get transformed into the image of God, the God of mercy and love revealed by his Son Jesus Christ. The Baptism that Christ makes possible through the Holy Spirit is indicated  by St. Paul in his Epistle to the Galatians, Msgr. Nusca said "Christians must carry their crosses wherever they are because the cross of Christ is the only way to eternal joy." Paul writes "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2: 20). The purification process can also be found in his first Epistle to the Corinthians "For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw -- each man's work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire." (1 Cor 3: 11-15).

In 2008, Fr. Georges Farah spoke about the reality of the Assumption or Dormition of Mary Mother of God: http://todayquestions.blogspot.ca/2008/08/georges-farah-on-assumption.html "In the Tradition of the early Christians, Mary lived with the Apostles after our Lord ascended to heaven. She lived in Ephesus with John the Apostle. When her death was imminent she felt her Son will take her and she told the Apostles around her. When she died Thomas who was preaching in India was not there. He had a vision that Mary passed away so he hurried back. Since Thomas doubted the Resurrection of Christ, the tradition attributes to him another doubt (that of the Assumption). In the story,  upon Thomas’ return the Apostles opened Mary’s tomb but found it empty. This confirmed that her body was taken up to heaven. Thus the doctrine of the Assumption has been with us since the second century. But why was Mary taken up to heaven?  The answer is simple if you look at the icon of the Dormition of the Theotokos. You see there Mary laid in the casket, like anyone who dies. You see around her the Apostles. The closest are John, who is quite sad, and Luke too. But Jesus standing on top is carrying a baby in his hand. Who is this baby? It is also Mary. So in the icon there is Mary’s body and also Mary being carried by Jesus. The meaning of the Assumption is here: As Mary carried Jesus in her womb and when he was a child, he also carries her when she is old and weak. Further more, she is always obedient to him as he as a child was obedient to her. Whenever Jesus asked her something, she always comforted him, and now whenever she asks him something, her prayer is always answered. Mary points us to Jesus. She does not replace him. She witnesses to him. And this leads us to the Chrism oil which the Church puts on the newly baptized so that he/she witnesses too to Christ. The Chrism oil is made up of 36 perfumes. The Church is telling us that when you are becoming a witness to Christ, you will be full of joy, peace and love. You will receive the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. Be not afraid: Christ has overcome our sins. He is alive and Mary is the greatest witness of him."

To Apocalypse now:The question in today's context remains - If Mary symbolizes the Spouse of the Lord, crowned Queen of heaven, who is the huge red dragon ? Could it be a sign for Satan ? This is a big question that will be asked again and again. Here are keys to think about:
1. The civilized world is under a threat especially in the dictators of radical Islam, Russia, and China;
2. The civilized world has undergone major changes since the Enlightenment until today in claims by scientism, neo-liberalism, modernism, post-modernism, materialism, atheism, and globalization using advanced new technology where prostitution and drug trafficking are traded on the DarkNet; a new form of slavery ...
3. Terrorism is hidden by manipultive powers in and outside the Church until Christianity is subdued and Christ is no longer worshiped anywhere except probably in the primitive tribes of Africa...
The world is confused but humans are unique - Here are material that may help the reader understand:
a. What explains the rise of humans (Published in July 2015, this is a brief talk by Yuval Harari, Professor of History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem): http://www.ted.com/talks/yuval_noah_harari_what_explains_the_rise_of_humans
b. Written in October 2014, this is a contemporary interpretation of "the Beast and the False Prophet" in Revelation: http://todayquestions.blogspot.ca/2014/10/who-will-triumph.html
c. Written on July 30, 2016, "Today's Myths" and struggles for power are analysed based on Girard's thought of mimetic rivalry and the scapegoat as related especially to two dictators: Erdogan of Turkey and Putin of Russia : http://todayquestions.blogspot.ca/2016/07/todays-myths.html
d. Written by Giulio Meotti and published in Gatestone Institute International Policy Council on August 10, 2016, this article touches upon "Islam's Quiet Conquest of Europe" https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8637/islam-europe-conquest
e. Written by Robert Jones and published in Gatestone Institute International Policy Council on August 15, 2016, this article touches upon racism and xenophobia in Turkey: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8664/turkey-xenophobia-racism

These are hard times. Let us pray the Virgin Mary for Pope Francis and all Christians...Time to wake up!.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Supreme Festival

Time and again, I tried to hide my admiration for the man whom I first met on December 10, 2008 in his office and last year on July 28, 2015, with Fr, Henri Boulad S.J. in the Caritas-Egypt fund-raising event. Socially outgoing, a Biblical scholar of the first rank in the Catholic renewal and firmly a leader with a vision, Thomas Cardinal Collins, the Archbishop of Toronto has not shied away from exposing the lies of atheism which engulf the world since Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Marx, and Jean Paul Sartre. On Tuesday August 2, 2016, Cardinal Collins entered the large hall at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Toronto in the opening Mass of the Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus, which, with nearly 2 million members, is the largest fraternal order for men in the Catholic world. At the end of a long line in procession starting with some 80 priests followed by 50 bishops, and 30 cardinals welcomed by thousands of Knights and their families and friends from Canada, America, and Europe, the Cardinal Archbishop presided over the thanksgiving Mass to God redeemer of the human race in Jesus Christ.The huge professional choir performed some of the most glorious hymns harmoniously sung with a talented organist and other talented ones with their musical instruments. Seated in the 4th row near the altar I thought I was in heaven. Prayers of the faithful were uttered in multiple languages including English, French, Spanish, Polish, and Tagalog signifying the cultural diversity that the Catholic Church embodies in its rich Tradition. The Gospel reading was selected from that according to St. Matthew chapter 14 in which Jesus went up the mountain and spent the night by himself in prayer to his Father. Early in the morning he came down to rescue the Apostles as they were terrified in a boat far from the land and battered by strong waves of wind. Water, the abode of death for the ancients, could swallow them. But Jesus takes the initiative, walks on water and comes close to them. God wants to be with his people. Unprepared , they shout "It is a ghost!". Feeling their terror, Jesus said "Take heart, it is I, do not be afraid." The homilist, Thomas Cardinal Collins, carries the message forward to today's fear of Christians in a global sea of powerful and aggressive winds,  and reminds us "It is I" echoing the same words that God said to Moses when the later was awed by the presence of God on Mount Sinai. These are also the words of the Lord to his disciples in a world full of atheism here in Canada as elsewhere and global terrorism that was again carried out recently in the brutal throat-slitting by ISIS "lone wolves" of an 85-years old priest Fr. Hamel while saying Mass in Normandy, France. Referring to Fr. Hamel, Cardinal Collins said "He offered the holy sacrifice of his life in martyrdom." Cardinal Collins said "We are sent to sail the stormy sea where we contend with forces that really are too great for our human strength but where we are able to recognize our vulnerability and our need for God"."Peter answered 'Lord if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.' As soon as Jesus told him, Peter started walking on the water getting closer to Jesus - But when he turned his gaze to the strong wind, he became frightened and started to sink crying out 'Lord, save me'. Jesus caught him saying 'You of little faith why did you doubt?'. The surprise comes in the end "When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshipped [Jesus] saying 'Truly, you are the Son of God'".
Cardinal Collins turns to the faithful and urges them as a father to witness to the "Truth" - Christ himself - received through the Church. As an example, he reminds us of the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada to end natural life through the implementation of assisted suicide by the Liberal Federal Government. He knows that the victims being targeted are not only "useless" old citizens but also the young ones who are not able to defend themselves against a tyranny of skilled lawmakers.

Such is the result of atheism...Greed and selfishness are at the center of our desires for immediate pleasure and material consumption. Or in Girardian terms, the Government is applying mimetic desire which, left to itself, is contagious. Readers may wish to read my article "Today's Myths" here: http://todayquestions.blogspot.ca/2016/07/todays-myths.html. The experiment has been legalized in the Netherlands, Luxemburg, California, Oregon, Vermont and Washington States in the United States. Imitating the laws in these states can be contagious in applying it in other states thus destroying social life and threatening humanity in the 'free world.'

Cardinal Collins ended his homily but the scene was particularly moving for his support to the Knights of Columbus declaration to launch major programs and projects from the whole organization in assistance to persecuted Christians in the Middle East. See Supreme Knight here:
http://www.kofc.org/en/columbia/supreme_knight/fromthesk_20160701.htmlReporting on initiatives funded and carried out by the Knights of Columbus in support of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, he mentioned a few important ones: Knights of Columbus Christian Refugee Relief Fund distributed $3 million to Christians in need including those in Irbil, Iraq, and Christians besieged in Aleppo, Syria. Funds were also sent to Christian schools in need in the Holy Land, Christian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan as well as campaigns to get Christian Americans and Canadians to give substantially more donations to the above causes.

This was the beginning of the Supreme Festival...
The closing hymn to the Holy Family is here in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint John Paul II: Totus Tuus:

Friday, July 29, 2016

Today's Myths

Weighing the good and bad in the violence attributed to religion, the famed René Girard concluded in his theory of mimetic rivalry and the scapegoat, that world religions in their sacred texts, whether ancient or more recent, were, in a way, myths in their stand against the victim scapegoat except that the Gospels narrate the opposite stand of God's love where the scripture writers witness to the innocence of the scapegoat Jesus of Nazareth in his crucifixion and death, powerfully shown in his resurrection. This witness told the truth that Girard finally came to believe in spite of widespread criticism of the Christian faith in the 20th, and 21st centuries. The reader may wish to read him here:
http://www.firstthings.com/article/1996/04/are-the-gospels-mythical
When he passed away in November 2015, the highly-popular Bishop Robert Barron wrote about the philosopher Girard, possibly a "Church Father", here: http://www.wordonfire.org/resources/article/ren-girard-church-father/4982/
Today, there is more to mimetic rivalry than meets the eyes.  The recent killing of Fr. Hamel that turned the world's attention again to France did not happen in a vacuum. The extremists slit his throat as he was saying Mass while they performed a  Muslim prayer around the altar mocking the Christian witnesses. As BBC reported, the extremists were found to be affiliated with the terrorist organization of the Islamic State that promised the infidels of the West, as much as others who do not follow their interpretation of Islam in the Middle East, to shortly meet the fate of innocents and martyrs who were killed in earlier massacres sometimes carried out by "lone wolves" in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Radical Islam is seen also in Turkey's Erdogan who sends weapons to the IS and fights the Kurds...Fear fills him...
Of particular interest in the political rivalry, the recent game played by Turkey's president Erdogan around the military coup to ousted him can be reconstructed to reveal his will to dictate upon world leaders his desire to become the new Ottoman Caliph, as if he has the right to do so. First he is on vacation and is "surprised" by the army's coup in Turkey that he rushes back to gather his Party's supporters who in turn outnumber the resistance and finally give him full control over Turkey. Erdogan seems to have engineered the whole stage, first making peace with Russia and Israel to guarantee that they will not oppose him. Then, upon his return, he turned against America and the European Union first pretending that America's Administration did not cooperate with him to extradite his Turkish enemy living in Pennsylvania for years back to Turkey to be tried for treason.  When this failed, he threatened to remove the American military bases from Turkey. Having already arrested over 8,000 from his opposition and the military who dared to revolt against him, he now got the Turkish Parliament to quickly restore capital punishment for anyone who opposes him. This measure was only part of a show off to the West that Turkish law will have no consideration for human rights as in Europe. It is dictatorship that resembles theocratic governments in Arab/Islamic countries of the Saudi King and other rulers in Qatar and Iran  who continue to export their radical views to the West.
Erdogan reserved his second punch to the European Union, already wounded by the British exit. In an interview on July 26, he accused the EU (read Merkel ?) of not keeping their financial commitments promised to Turkey in the March Agreement (Readers will find it here: http://www.dw.com/en/interview-turkeys-erdogan-accuses-eu-of-breaking-its-word/a-19426905) while the Pro-Erdogan Turks in Cologne Germany are staging a big demonstration on July 31 in support of Erdogan on German soil! (here: http://www.dw.com/en/controversy-ahead-of-pro-erdogan-rally-in-cologne/a-19430132). Some moderate leaders echoing German's feelings, such as Andreas Scheuer of the CSU, expressed their dismay saying that people who want to get involved in Turkish domestic politics are welcome to leave Germany and return to Turkey! Since Erdogan always wanted the EU to accept Turkey as a member, his attitude shows his long-standing desire to assimilate part of it into the "Turkish Empire" at his own terms. It is the promise of grandeur that once possessed Gamal Abdel-Nasser of Pan-Arabism and Saddam Hussein of the Grand Baath! It is the same that Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khameini keeps making in view of a nuclear agreement with the Obama Administration that removed sanctions against Iran and allows him to expand Iran's nuclear power. But Erdogan's dream is shared by another dictator: Russia's Putin. Putin wants half of Europe or so to be under his control. For him, these countries who left the Communist umbrella belong to Russia and can't be controlled by Western powers. He too wants to have NATO members remove their sanctions against Russia since the latter invaded Crimea. Germany's Merkel used to be the lead negotiator with Russia. Now she has her own problems - enough to keep her up at night trying to lead a fractured EU (here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/05/opinion/after-brexit-can-germany-lead-europe-alone.html?_r=0)
Can we apply Girard's Mimetic Theory to the rivalry between Russia and Turkey to take part of Europe or rather divide Europe? Both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin recognized their admiration for each other. Trump went on record that if elected President of the U.S., he will withdraw from NATO and at that point NATO will effectively cease to exist. This will work well with Putin's strategy.
To focus, Putin is against a united Europe. He wants a share for Russia's control. Erdogan is against a united Europe. He has already gone on record that he rejects the way the EU has handled the refugee crisis with Turkey and opposed to European laws for human rights, he is on the verge of restoring capital punishment for his opponents if found guilty by the Turkish judiciary.
The object is Europe alive or dead. The model is Putin, a long-experienced "fox". Dictator Erdogan mimics dictator Putin for full access to Europe (economic benefits from superior industries and better life of freedom in Europe). Each is self-serving. The tension that arises from mimetic desire is dealt with through the scapegoating mechanism. The scapegoat here, let us conclude, is the weak EU. But this does not go well with Obama who wants America to control Europe and nothing for Russia especially since Putin became his enemy and supports the Republican nominee Donald Trump. On July 27, wikileaks released hacked voicemails of the National Democratic Convention (DNC) in which Bernie Sanders was weakened to let Hillary Clinton, Obama's baby, get the nomination for President (here: https://www.rt.com/usa/353631-wikileaks-hacked-dnc-voicemails/). Immediately Obama accused Putin of engineering the leak!!!
Regardless of who gains what, the picture is clear. The winner for now is a liar. That was the name that Christ attributed to the devil (John 8: 44).  But we can try mimesis (imitation) of Christ the lover or imitate the "Liar" as Satanic as it may get. Over history, as Girard often said, the humanization process of the human race will continue guided by God. Let us hope for a better tomorrow. In fact tomorrow signifies eternal life... 
"(The ones in heaven) shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more;
the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water;
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." (Revelation, 7:16-17)

Today's Quote

"Behold I make all things new." (Revelation 21:5)







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