Today's Wisdom

Those who do not pass from the experience of the cross to the truth of the resurrection condemn themselves to despair! For we cannot encounter God without first crucifying our narrow notions of a god who reflects only our own understanding of omnipotence and power
Pope Francis

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Christianity in Canada!

Yesterday was the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord. This is a major celebration because the Divinity is shown present in the Humanity of Christ. St. Athanasius the Great called it the divinization of man. Fr. Georges Farah spoke on the Transfiguration of our Lord (See it here: )

Yesterday my family and I were in Niagara Falls since Sunday evening. On the way back, we visited Niagara on the Lake. We were again amazed by the natural phenomenon that connects Canada and the United States. Above all, at the Falls we saw the rainbow, the colors of life. And at both the Falls and Niagara on the Lake, we experienced the astonishing way of cultured service & human treatment that reflect a respect of the person regardless of his/her age.  

When I attempt to compare the above Western civilization to other civilizations and culture, I cannot fail to love Canada; a place of welcome to all who came. I simply cannot deny the advantages of Western civilization over cultures of the Middle East, from where we immigrated some 30 years ago. Western civilization is rooted in Christianity and is based on the Christian learning of many long centuries of dynamic work, exploration, development of theology, science and philosophy. A partial answer to questions about Christianity's impact upon the development of civilization can be found here:

This question is particularly of interest to Eastern Arab individuals or communities who live in Canada or other Western nations, yet fail to recognize their indebtedness to the Christian-human values that have shaped these societies in spite of materialism and individualism...
Where is the hub of information systems that spread global connectivity today? Is it in Egypt or Syria? Is it in Saudi Arabia?
Where is the most open learning facilities and universities? In Egypt, Syria or Saudi Arabia?

I am not talking about monasteries that exist for training of monks. My point is for lay persons who make up 99.9% of people. Lay organizations such as Focolare, Communion & Liberation, The NeoCatechumenal Way, or the Knights of Columbus are open to those who need God and wish to serve him in charity to others. And who does not need God?

 Let's thank God for Canada!

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