However, the following may shed some hope for us on earth.
Last night at Jesus the King Church, we had a video run from the popular "Catholicism" Series by Professor Fr. Robert Barron. The topic of the video "How to be a disciple of Jesus" was introduced by Fr. Youhanna Hanna. Again, as in last Friday 's lecture on the deep Christian meaning of Exodus, this session (including Questions and Answers period with Fr. Youhanna near the end), was attended by a great number of faithful which we had not seen in previous videos and movies. I can only attribute the increase in number of attendees to the desire by the faithful to learn more from the Church, helped in a few cases by the fact that their kids had just finished a session in learning First Communion catechism. The discipline with which everything was run is a new phenomenon in a mainly Arabic-speaking community. However small the acceptance of God in my life is, I believe God is working in the souls of the faithful and is attracting us to his love in Christ.
Finally Professor Fr. Barron mentioned the Parable of "The Prodigal Son" (Luke 15: 11-32) which shows God's love for his children; those who love him and those who despise him (see lecture here).
Related Topic: See my reflection on Christ the Alpha and Omega here.