Saturday, February 25, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Can we challenge God as Sisyphus did? I think "Yes," but then we would not be punished. If we roll the stone up to the top of the mount, we could expect God to be awaiting us and if we fail, he will be at the base too embracing our efforts. God is present to all: those who succeed and those who fail. He never despairs in his embrace! Unlike the Greek gods, he receives slaps and gets crucified until one day we learn how to love, like him, to the end. This is a hope that I share with you.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Yesterday, Toronto's Roman Catholic Archbishop Thomas Collins became a Cardinal of the Catholic Church. See The Catholic Register here:
This is a joyful event for the entire Church in Canada and especially for Eastern Christians who have been helped by his program since 2008 in association with Immigration Canada to bring refugees from Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries. I met His Eminence in December 2008 and kept constant contact with him since then. The program has been extended until 2014, but obviously refugees need the help of many Arab Christians to find them homes, and schools for their children.
A man of great pastoral skills, down-to-earth humility, ecumenical endeavors, solid Catholic faith and Biblical scholarship, Cardinal Collins is definitely an asset for Eastern Christians as the Arab world continues to be unstable. Let's pray for His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins as he carries on with his responsibilities in the Greater Toronto Area.