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Message par feuille le Mar 10 Oct - 10:53


Bonjour les freres et soeurs ,

2 mois d'absence de ma part, un site qui s'est endormi, une longue route et quelque ampoules aux pieds plus tard, nous repartons sur le chemin de la rencontre de notre createur avec pour commencer aujourd'hui l'ouverture d'un sujet qui nous fera faire un tour du monde des news religieuses.

Premier arret: YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio



Closed churches find second life as breweries :

Ira Gerhart finally found a place last year to fulfill his yearslong dream of opening a brewery: a 1923 Presbyterian church. It was cheap, charming and just blocks from downtown Youngstown.

But soon after Gerhart announced his plans, residents and a minister at a Baptist church a block away complained about alcohol being served in the former house of worship.

“I get it, you know, just the idea of putting a bar in God’s house,” Gerhart said. “If we didn’t choose to do this, most likely, it’d fall down or get torn down. I told them we’re not going to be a rowdy college bar.”

With stained glass, brick walls and large sanctuaries ideal for holding vats and lots of drinkers, churches renovated into breweries attract beer lovers but can grate on the spiritual sensibilities of clergy and worshippers.

At least 10 new breweries have opened in old churches across the country since 2011, and at least four more are slated to open in the next year. The trend started after the 2007 recession as churches merged or closed because of dwindling membership.

Sex abuse settlements by the Roman Catholic Church starting in the mid-2000s were not a factor because those payments were largely covered by insurers, according to Terrence Donilon, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Boston.

Gerhart’s is scheduled to open this month after winning over skeptics like the Baptist minister and obtaining a liquor license.

“We don’t want (churches) to become a liquor store,” said Michael Schafer, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, which has imposed restrictions on turning closed churches into beer halls. “We don’t think that’s appropriate for a house of worship.”

At the Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, an early church-turned-brewery that opened in 1996, patrons slide into booths crafted from pews. Towering steel and copper vats sit on the church’s former altar. Yellow flags line the sanctuary emblazoned with the brewery’s motto: “ON THE EIGHTH DAY. MAN CREATED BEER.”

Owner Sean Casey bought the former church because it was cheap and reminded him of beer halls he used to frequent in Munich. Aficionados cite its rustic decor as a major draw.

“It’s got that ‘wow’ factor,” said Jesse Anderson-Lehnan, 27. “But it still feels like a normal place, it doesn’t feel weird to come and sit at the bar and talk for a few hours.”

When St. John the Baptist Church was desanctified and sold to Casey, Roman Catholics in the diocese voiced their opposition, leading to the deed restrictions to stop other closed churches from becoming bars and clubs.

While the Diocese of Cincinnati also has imposed such restrictions, it’s unclear how much company it and Youngstown have. Limits also exist in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pa., while the Boston Archdiocese says it solicits proposals from potential buyers and screens them to make sure they’re in line with Catholic values.

Churches are uniquely difficult to renovate, preservationists say. Large stained windows and cavernous sanctuaries are tough to partition into condominiums. Historic landmark protections can bar new owners from knocking down some churches, leading them to sit empty and decay.

But the same vaulted ceilings that keep housing developers away from churches also lend them an old-world air hard to replicate elsewhere, making former houses of worship particularly suitable as dignified beer halls.

There, even clergy members sometimes aren’t so opposed to quaffing a pint. Some are regulars at the Church Brew Works, Casey said, where they can order Pipe Organ pale ale or Pious Monk dark lager.

Cincinnati’s Taft’s Ale House kicked off its grand opening in the 167-year-old St. Paul’s Evangelical Protestant Church with a “blessing of the beers.” A television report at the time shows the Rev. John Kroeger, a Catholic priest, giving the blessing.

“God of all creation, you gift us with friends, and food and drink,” he said, eyes cast upward. “Bless these kegs, and every keg that will be brewed here. Bless all those freshened here, and all those gathered in the days, and months, and years to come!”


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Re: Tour du monde

Message par feuille le Sam 14 Oct - 6:45


Traduction pour les francophones.



Ira Gerhart a finalement trouvé un terrain l'annee derniere, afin de réaliser son rêve d'ouvrir une brasserie: ce lieu n'est autre qu'une église presbytérienne datant de 1923. C'était bon marché, charmant et à quelques rues du centre-ville de Youngstown.

Mais peu de temps après que Gerhart eut annoncé son intention d'utiliser cette eglise , les résidents anisi que les responsable religieux de l' église baptiste du quartier se sont plaint que de l'alcool ne devrait pas etre servi dans un endroit qui fut a l'origine une maison de culte .

"Je comprends, vous savez, juste l'idée de mettre un bar dans la maison de Dieu..", a déclaré Gerhart. "Si nous n'avions pas choisi de le faire, l'eglise aurait probablement du etre demoli.. Je leur ai dit que nous ne serions pas un bar de mauvaise frequentation. "

Avec des vitraux, des murs de briques et de large espace pour stocker l'alcool et accueillir de nombreux buveurs, les églises rénovées en brasseries attirent les amateurs de biere, mais peuvent aussi toucher les sensibilités spirituelles du clergé et des fidèles.

Au moins 10 nouvelles brasseries ont ouvert dans d'anciennes eglises a travers le pays depuis 2011, et au moins quatre autres devraient ouvrir leur portes l'année prochaine. La tendance a commencé après la récession de 2007 lorsque les églises ont fusionné ou fermé en raison de la diminution des membres.

Selon Terrence Donilon , porte-parole de l'archidiocèse de Boston, les abus sexuels commis par l'Eglise catholique romaine au milieu des années 2000 ne constituaient pas un facteur determinant.

Gerhart devrait ouvrir ses portes ce mois-ci après avoir gagne contre les sceptiques de l'eglise baptiste en obtenant un permis d'alcool.

« Nous ne voulons pas que les églises deviennent des magasins d'alcool », a déclaré Michael Schafer, porte-parole de l'archidiocèse de Cincinnati, qui a imposé des restrictions aux églises fermées voulant se transformer en salles de bière. "Nous ne pensons pas que cela soit approprié pour une maison de culte."

A l'église Brew Works à Pittsburgh, l'un des premieres église devenu brasserie en 1996, les clients trouvent place autour de tables et chaises fabriquees a partir des anciens bancs de l'eglise . Des cuves d'acier et de cuivre se dressent sur l'ancien autel. Des drapeaux jaunes bordent le sanctuaire arborant la devise de la brasserie: "LE HUITIÈME JOUR. l'homme creea la biere.

Le propriétaire Sean Casey a acheté l'ancienne église parce que c'était bon marché et qu'elle lui rappelait les brasseries qu'il fréquentait à Munich. Les habitues citent son décor rustique comme principal attraction.

"Ca a ce coté " wouah ", a déclaré Jesse Anderson-Lehnan, 27 ans." Mais ca reste un endroit comme les autres, cela ne semble pas etrange de venir s'asseoir au bar et discuter pendant quelques heures. "

Lorsque l'église Saint-Jean-Baptiste a été désanctifiée et vendue à Casey, les catholiques romains du diocèse ont exprimé leur opposition, conduisant à la mise en place de restrictions ayant pour but d' empêcher d'autres églises fermées de devenir des bars et des clubs.

Bien que le diocèse de Cincinnati ait lui aussi imposé de telles restrictions, on ne sait pas a l'heure actuelle combien d'autre suivent le mouvement et si Youngstown en compte parmis elle. Ces restrictions existent également dans le diocèse d'Altoona-Johnstown, en Pennsylvanie, tandis que l'archidiocèse de Boston lui, dit qu'il sollicite des propositions d'acheteurs potentiels en les choisissant specialement pour s'assurer qu'elles sont conformes aux valeurs catholiques.

Les églises sont particulièrement difficiles à rénover, disent les conservateurs. Les grandes vitraux et les sanctuaires caverneux sont difficiles à diviser en copropriétés. Des mesures de preservations historiques peuvent empêcher les nouveaux propriétaires d'abattre certaines églises, amenant ainsi l'abandon et le delabrement.

Mais les mêmes plafonds voûtés qui repoussent les promoteurs immobiliers des églises leur donne aussi un air d'antan difficile à reproduire ailleurs,ce qui rend les anciens lieux de culte particulièrement appropriés comme brasseries.


Même les membres du clergé ne sont parfois pas aussi opposés à aller boire une biere dans ces lieux. Certains sont des habitués de l'église Brew Works, dit Casey, où ils peuvent commander '' Pipe Organ pale ale'' ou ''Pious Monk dark lager.''

La Taft's Ale House de Cincinnati a inaugure l'église évangélique protestante St. Paul's vieille de 167 ans, avec une «bénédiction des bières». Un reportage télévisé montre le révérend John Kroeger, prêtre catholique, donner la bénédiction.

«Dieu de toute la création, tu nous comble d' amis, de nourriture et de boissons», dit-il, les yeux rivés vers le ciel. "Bénis ces fûts de bieres, et tous les fûts qui seront brassés ici. Bénis tous ceux qui se sont desaltere ici, et tous ceux qui seront réunis ici dans les prochains jours, mois et années à venir !


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Re: Tour du monde

Message par feuille le Mar 17 Oct - 7:03

Calgary- CANADA

Un imam de Calgary avertit les jeunes de se méfier de l'influence d'ISIS .




L'adolescent grand et mince pose une question qui est present dans l'esprit de beaucoup de jeunes rassemblés autour des tables recouvertes de tissu, dans une petite salle de réunion dans une mosquée du nord-est de Calgary.

"Si quelqu'un d'ISIS ou d'ISIL s'approche de toi, comment doit-on reagir pour ne pas être sollicité et attaqué davantage?" demande Zubair Tariq, 16 ans.

«S'ils approchent, vous devriez être assez intelligents pour savoir que l'ISIL / ISIS sont de très grands criminels aux yeux de la religion», répond l'imam Syed Soharwardy, fondateur de ''Muslim Against Terrorism'' et du ''Conseil suprême islamique du Canada''.

«Ces personnes nous atteignent par l'intermédiaire d'Internet, elles nous atteignent à travers la communauté locale.Vous devez comprendre que ce ne sont pas des gentils musulmans, des bons musulmans, des vrai musulman. Ce sont des gens deguisé en musulman. L'ISIL est déguisé en musulman.

"Ils disent qu'ils sont de bons musulmans, mais pour nous, ils sont une bande de voyous et de criminels", poursuit-il. "Ce sont des terroristes."

Soharwardy a rencontré récemment 30 jeunes musulmans à la mosquée Jamia Masjid Gunbad-e-Khizra. C'était une des nombreuses réunions qu'il organise regulierement pour lutter contre la radicalisation des jeunes musulmans canadiens.

Soharwardy a décidé d'organiser une autre réunion après une attaque plus tôt ce mois-ci qui a blessé un policier et des civils à Edmonton. Un homme a poignardé un officier en train de faire le contrôle de la circulation à l'extérieur d'un match de football, puis a propulse son camion dans une rue pietonne. Cinq personnes ont été blessées. La police a déclaré avoir saisi un drapeau de l'ISIL comme preuve.


Tariq dit qu'il n'a pas été contacté directement par des membres de l'ISIL recruteur de jeunes musulmans canadiens, mais il s'inquiète.

«Un de mes amis a été approché ... et il a le même âge que moi», dit l'adolescent. «C'est effrayant, si quelqu'un s'approche de toi, tu ne sais pas comment réagir correctement à moins d'en parler avec tes ainés de la communauté.

Le jeune Hassaan Rizvi dit que les recrutements par L'ISIS se font par les médias sociaux.

«Nous étions assis dans ma classe de mathématiques et deux de mes amis ont reçu un lien WhatsApp», dit Rizvi, se référant au populaire programme de messagerie mobile. "Quand il l'a ouvert, c'était pour le recrutement pour ISIS. Il y avait leur drapeau et il etait ecrit qu'ils etaient en train de recruter.

"J'ai dit:« Ce n'est pas quelque chose de bien, alors nous devrions le fermer. C'est vraiment arrivé, ils recrutent toujours.

Soharwardy revient sur l'attaque qui a eu lieu a Edmonton.
"Quand vous entendez ... un officier de police blessé et un drapeau ISIS trouvé, qu'est-ce que vous ressentez?" Soharwardy demande.

"de la colère", dit un jeune homme.

"Embarrassé", dit un autre.

Un rapport de l'an dernier sur la menace terroriste au Canada indiquait qu'au début de 2014, plus de 130 Canadiens vivant à l'étranger etaient soupçonnés d'activités liées au terrorisme. À la fin de 2015, le nombre était passé à environ 180 et le gouvernement connaissait une soixantaine d'extrémistes qui étaient rentrés au Canada.

Parmis les participants à la réunion, certains expriment leur colère face aux réactions qu'ils subissent chaque fois qu'une attaque terroriste se produit dans le monde.

"Je ne comprends pas pourquoi le mot terroriste ou terrorisme est rattaché au mot musulman ou au nom de l'islam. Le terrorisme est une attaque contre nimporte qui ", explique Shahwali Hameed.
"Le terrorisme n'a pas de religion".

Aysha Ali croit qu'un manque de compréhension amène les gens à croire que les musulmans sont des terroristes chaque fois qu'une attaque se produit.

"Cela ne fait qu'empirer. Les gens ne stygmatiserez pas les musulmans si ca n'arrivait qu'une seule fois , mais ces crimes se reproduisent plusieurs fois par Des membres de ISIS et l'ISIL et ils disent le faire au nom de la religion ".

Ibrahim Khan dit qu'il semble y avoir un double standard. Il souligne que personne n'appelle l'auteur du massacre de Las Vegas '' un terroriste.''

"Il est soit mentalement derangé, soit ils disent que c'est juste un tireur. Personne ne l'appelle '' terroriste'', parce qu'il n'a pas une longue barbe."

Soharwardy dit qu'il croit qu'il y a encore des recruteurs et des sympathisants d'ISIS qui travaillent au Canada et il avertit que cela se poursuivra jusqu'à ce que leur revenus financier s'assèche.

Il dit aux étudiants que quiconque encourage la haine ou commet des actes violents, ne suit pas la foi musulmane.

«Si vous voyez quelqu'un, assurez-vous d'en faire le signalement à vos parents, à votre professeur, à moi», dit-il.

"Faites-le nous savoir tout de suite, car nous devons nous défendre et rester des citoyens fidèles, fidèles et respectueux des lois de ce pays".

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Re: Tour du monde

Message par feuille le Sam 28 Oct - 14:16

india - October 2017


Les trois maux, selon le bouddhisme


Qu'est-ce que le mal? Est-ce une force qui est a l'exterieur de nous et nous attire ou bien est-ce quelque chose que nous créons nous-mêmes? Sommes-nous intrinsèquement bons ou mauvais? Il y a beaucoup de questions philosophiques dont certaines réponses prennent forme a l'issue de débats. En ce qui concerne les enseignements de bouddha, il est dit que ce ne sont pas les gens qui sont bons ou mauvais, moralement juste ou injuste, mais seulement certains traits de notre personnalite que nous créons en nous-mêmes. Et, ces traits particuliers, nous sommes les seuls a pouvoir les défaire.

«Par nous-même, le mal est fait, par nous-même nous sommes souillé, en sois-même le mal est défait, en soi-même est la purification , la pureté et l'impureté dépendent de soi, nul ne purifie un autre.
Bouddha


Le concept d'origine dependante:
Bouddha a prêché le concept d '«origine dépendante» qui signifie essentiellement l'interdépendance de tout et de tout le monde, des lors cela pose la question de notre rapport a l'autre.
Si tout est interconnecte et interdependant, comment donc un individu pourrait-il se considérer supérieur à un autre? Ce qui sont a l'exterieur sont-ils intrinsèquement mauvais et/ou inferieurs? Les enseignements de Bouddha ouvrent l'esprit et nous examinons ici ce que sont, selon ces enseignements, les trois maux capitaux.


La cupidité: La cupidité peut exister de multiples manieres car elle inclut les péchés liés à désirer quelque chose en excès. Cela peut etre lié à l'argent, au désir, à la luxure, à la nourriture, et à l'incapacité de lacher prise et laisser aller les choses facilement. Parmi les sept péchés capitaux qui sont souvent evoques dans les ecriture bibliques, la cupidité, la gourmandise et la convoitise selon Bouddha, relèvent du mal de la «cupidité» seul .

la pratique du controle de soi comme horizon:
Selon les enseignements de Bouddha, la cupidité se definit comme l'abandon de soi dans les griffes de la servitude, être vulnérable vis a vis d'un manque. L'homme doit donc pratiquer le control de soi pour eviter d'etre esclave du monde materiel, et ainsi atteindre un sentiment de satisfaction .






La haine : La haine est une émotion très puissante, parfois meme plus puissante que l'amour. C'est une émotion destructrice qui conduit à la colère, la fureur et la destruction, tant physique que mentale. Donner de la haine, cela revient a se mettre a genoux devant son propre ennemi.On retrouve ces peches capitaux dans les ecritures bibliques sous les noms de ''la colère'' et de ''l'envie.''

La pratique de l'effort sur soi comme remede:
Annihiler la haine se fait par la pratique du pardon, de l'amour et de l'acceptation des autres tels qu'ils sont.







L'ignorance: L'ignorance se rapporte essentiellement a l'illusion, de sois-meme mais aussi de ceux qui nous entourent. Elle peut conduire à l'arrogance, la paresse ou bien encore l'envie; les ecritures bibliques elles, englobent encore d'autres émotions telles que l'aveuglement et la folie.

Se connecter a la vrai nature de ceux qui nous entourent:
Selon les enseignements du boudda, il ne faut pas tirer de conclusions hative sur les personnes et les choses de notre environnement. Au contraire il faut prendre le temps d'observer les relations de cause et d'effet de chaques choses et de chaques situations. Se connecter avec la véritable essence de ceux qui nous entourent permet d'etablir un reel lien avec l'idee d'une «origine dépendante». ceci etant la seul voie menant au salut.






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Re: Tour du monde

Message par feuille le Mer 15 Nov - 11:09

world - 14 novembre 2017

Muslim and Jewish views of Jesus as 'Son of God'
Rabbi Allen S. Maller


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Jesus was a young rabbi/teacher who was accused by the Roman rulers of being 'The King of the Jews' (Mark 15:2 & 18, Matthew 27:11, Luke 23:3, and John 18:33 & 19:21) and proclaimed by some of his followers to be 'The Son of God'.

Jews and Muslims are frequently asked by Christians why they do not believe that Jesus was The Son of God. As a rabbi I would like to share with you how I answer this question; but first I must tell you something about myself:

I am a Reform Rabbi who first became interested in Islam 55 years ago, when I studied Islam at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. I have continued my study of Islam off and on since that time. I now consider myself to be a Reform Rabbi and a Muslim Jew. Actually I am a Muslim Jew i.e. a faithful Jew submitting to the will of God, because I am a Reform Rabbi.

As a Rabbi I am faithful to the covenant that God made with Abraham -– the first Muslim Jew -- and I submit to the commandments of the Torah covenant that God made with the people of Israel at Mount Sinai.

A Muslim is one who submits to the will of God and believes that God has sent many different prophets to the many peoples of the world. As a Reform Rabbi I believe that Muhammad was the Prophet sent to the Arab people. I believe that the Qur’an is as true for Muslims as the Torah is true for Jews.

Indeed, I love the Hadith also narrated by Abu Huraira that says:

"The people of the Book 1 used to read the Torah in Hebrew and then explain it in Arabic to the Muslims. God's Apostle said (to the Muslims). 'Do not believe the people of the Book, nor disbelieve them, but say, 'We believe in God, and whatever is revealed to us, and whatever was revealed to you'."

Following Muhammad’s teaching I too neither believe nor disbelieve in the Qur’an. If I believed in the Qur'an I would be a member of the Muslim community. If I disbelieved in the Qur'an I would be a member of the atheist community or of one of those religious communities that think that only their religion is the one true religion.

I do respect the Qur’an very much as a kindred revelation given in a kindred language, to the descendants of a kindred people, In fact, the people, the language and the theology are closer to my own people, language and theology than that of any other on earth.

Of course, more than 80% of Muslims in the world today are not of Arab descent. 2 But Arabic is their sacred language and the tradition that Arabs and Jews are cousins is widely accepted.

As a Rabbi who is a student of both the Torah and the Qur'an I sometimes begin my answer by pointing out that according to the Gospels themselves, Jesus almost always referred to himself not as the 'Son of God'; but as 'The Son of Man'.

The expression "the Son of man" occurs 81 times in the Greek text of the four gospels and only very rarely do even the Gospels claim Jesus directly called himself the 'Son of God'.

The gospel writers and many of the people in the New Testament, including one possessed by evil spirits (Mark 5:2-7), did call Jesus the 'Son of God'; but Jesus himself strongly preferred the term 'Son of Man', although he often did refer metaphorically to God as his father.

The Qur'an states:

“Allah is only One God. Far be it removed from His transcendent majesty that He should have a son. All that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth is His. Allah is sufficient as a Defender.” (Qur'an 4:171)

Both Jews and Muslims agree that the One God is sufficient to provide suitable religious guidance to each and every people on earth without help from anyone else; including a son.

The Qur'an also states:

“It is not suitable for Allah, Glory be to Him, that He should take unto Himself a son. When He decrees a thing, He only says to it: Be! and it is.” (Qur'an 19:35)

When Allah created Adam, Adam did not become the 'Son of God'.

God says:

“Lo! the likeness of Jesus with Allah is as the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust, then he said to him: Be! and he is.” (3:59)

No one thinks Adam is the Son of God'.

It is true that Jesus often did refer metaphorically to God as his father. He did this in accord with the metaphorical style of the Torah. He never expected that any Jew who heard him speak about God as his father would take his words literally.

As the Qur'an states:

"It is not (possible) for any human being to whom Allah had given Scripture, wisdom and prophethood, that he should afterwards have said to mankind: Be slaves of me instead of Allah; but (he said): Be ye faithful servants of the Lord by virtue of your constant teaching of Scripture and your constant study of it." (Qur'an 3:79)

Jews and Muslims agree that in the years after his death, some of Jesus' followers began to believe and teach that the close connection Jesus felt to his father in heaven meant he was not just the 'Son of Man” as he so often stated, but also literally the 'Son of God'. This new interpretation by some of his apostles of the metaphors 'father' and 'child of God', was a major mistake that Jesus did not foresee.

The Torah does refer both to the whole People of Israel metaphorically as God's first born son. (Exodus 4:22) and also refers to all those who are duty bound to act, even when mourning, as God commands us; as sons/children of God:

“You (Plural) are Children of the LORD your God.” (Deuteronomy 14:1)

Does this mean that Jews either as individuals or as a people are Divine? Of course not. No Rabbi from the most Orthodox to the most Reform has ever taken these verses of the Torah literally. The term son/child of God should never be taken literally. It is a metaphor. It must be interpreted just as we interpret all the other verses in the Bible.

To say that every verse of Sacred Scripture must be interpreted is not being disrespectful. To the contrary. It means that we have to give some thought and study to each verse in a Divine text. We cannot read Torah the way we read an ordinary book.

Jews dialogue with Torah. She challenges, inspires and questions us, and we examine and embrace her. The Jewish mystics asserted that each verse in the Torah is capable of being interpreted in seventy different ways.

Throughout the generations Rabbis have offered different meanings and views of Torah verses. But according to the Talmud, God said,

“Both these (views) and those (views) are the words of the living God.

God lives for us through the ongoing interaction between the Divine revelation and its adherents. 3 Without this dialogue the text would be a dead letter text and we would lack spiritual vitality and growth.

Divine revelation should always be taken seriously. Divine revelation should never be taken literally, in a simplistic way that contradicts reason, morality or other sacred texts.

Some verses were meant for special historical circumstances or conditions. Some verses have to be understood in the light of other verses. And all verses have to be interpreted with the guidance and insight of the many generations of commentators who have preceded us, as well as the best understandings of our own age.

Here are some examples of Midrash (the interpretive process at work) for “sons of God:”

The Hebrew word translated as sons does sometimes mean sons. But usually it means children. Women can be as close to God as men, or closer.

Children indicates a very close loving relationship unlike that of King and subject. Millions of people can love a King but a King can’t love millions of people. God can.

First-born son indicates that God will send prophets to other nations in later generations.

First-born refers to the historical fact that Israel's Torah is the oldest of the living holy books that have come down to us. The older Epic of Gilgamesh text that mentions the man in the ark (Noah) has been dead for more than 15 centuries. The younger Gospels and Qur'an are still alive.
The Torah says Israel is God’s first-born son. The Torah does not say God’s only son. Just as parents love all their children; so too does God love all nations and religions.

Just as parents can have many children who look different one from the other, so too does God’s revelation appear in different forms in different religions, and within each religion there are different interpretations of God’s revelation.

The first born is unique but that entails extra responsibilities; not extra privileges.

“For you alone have I cared among all the nations of the world, therefore I will castigate you for all your iniquities.” (Amos 3:2)

Israel can not have any other Father except the One God of Israel; but God can and does redeem other nations.

“Are not Israelites like Ethiopians to me? Says the Lord. Did I not bring Israel up from Egypt, the Philistines from Crete and the Arameans from Kir?” (Amos 9:7)

In the Messianic Age, the one and only God, who should not be represented by any image or incarnation; will be invoked by all humanity, even while each people still retains its own religion and its own name or term for God.

“In days to come ... All peoples will walk, each in the name of their God, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.” (Micah 4:5)

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Message par feuille le Mer 27 Déc - 11:53

Israel -decembre 2017-

Christians revive the language of Jesus


In the hills of the Galilee, the lush region in the Holy Land where it’s said that Jesus Christ grew up, residents of the town of Jish are preparing to celebrate Christmas Mass in the language Jesus spoke.

A handful of people from Jish are at the centre of an effort to revive the Aramaic language — centuries after it all but disappeared from the Middle East.

“It moves me very much when I hear Aramaic,” said kindergarten teacher Neveen Elias. “When I pray in Aramaic, I am feel I am so near Jesus.”

Maronite Christians in Jish celebrate part of their liturgies in Aramaic during services at St. Maroun Church, which takes its name from the fifth-century monk who founded the Maronite movement, which is still active in the Middle East, mainly in Lebanon and Syria.

Jish, which sits just a few kilometres south of Israel's border with Lebanon, is a mixed town where 60 per cent of residents are Christian. The rest are Muslim.

'We still pray in it'

Shadi Khalloul is the man behind the revival of Aramaic. While he remembers hearing the language in childhood, Khalloul said he didn't really take notice of it until he was studying Bible literature at the University of Las Vegas.

"My instructor was a Catholic instructor, and he said to us as students, 'Don't think that Jesus spoke Spanish or English or French or Latin … he spoke Aramaic, a language that disappeared," Khalloul said.

"So I felt offended. I immediately raised my hand and said, 'Excuse me, instructor, but the language still exists. We still speak it, we still pray in it.'"

Khalloul said he did not blame his instructor for thinking Aramaic was dead, adding that it's "the fault of the people who still carry this language" for not letting the world know Aramaic is still alive and well.

That set Khalloul on his mission — now a decade old — to raise the profile of Aramaic.

The school in Jish is the only place in Israel where students are taught in Aramaic. Khalloul established the language training in the school, where about 120 children receive several hours of language instruction every week.

"We are also doing a Sunday school. We have Aramaic summer camps, and we also help do recitals or concerts in Syriac Aramaic," said Khalloul, a former Israeli army captain who founded the Israeli Christian Aramaic Association.



The Maronites hail from Mount Lebanon. After world powers carved up the Middle East in the aftermath of the First World War, Maronites were meant to be given a homeland in modern-day Lebanon. But civil war and sectarianism have spread adherents around the world, with large communities of Maronites now calling Brazil, Argentina and even Canada home.

About 11,000 Maronites live in Israel.

While Khalloul estimates that only two families in Jish — his and his brother's — speak Aramaic as a first language, what he really wants is to establish a town in Israel populated solely by Aramaic speakers.

That would help, he said, deal with a dark chapter in the community's past.

Many Maronites living in the Holy Land called the village of Biram home. But they were displaced by the Israeli army during the country's war of independence in 1948. The military ordered residents to leave Biram, telling them they could return in two weeks.

Unable to return home

That never happened. Many resettled in the nearby Arab town of Jish.

But Khalloul said he's optimistic the Israeli government will give the go ahead for a new village, where they can "preserve their language and their identity."

The more immediate focus in Jish is getting ready for Christmas.

The church is decorated with a glowing tree that towers over the town, where streets are lit up in festive colours at night. On the main road there's a thriving Christmas store — a rare sight in Israel and the Palestinian territories, outside of Bethlehem.

Neveen Elias has been practising her Aramaic, as she'll be singing in the church choir during the Christmas mass. At home, she leads her three children in traditional Aramaic songs.

"It's the language of Jesus, and it makes the prayers so special," she said.

'Language is also culture'

Shadi Khalloul and his children, wife and parents will also attend midnight mass at St. Maroun Church this year.

He'll be looking up at the dome, where the Lord's Prayer is inscribed in Aramaic — a reminder of the accomplishments of the people from his town.

"Language is not only a way of communicating with others," he said. "Language is also culture, it's identity. If I don't preserve my language and don't respect it, how you would be able to respect me?"

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Message par feuille le Sam 30 Déc - 11:45

Je ferai une traduction francaise complete des articles ci dessus/dessous quand j'aurai un peu de temps, tres difficile en ce moment. En attendant perfectionnez votre anglais ou utilisez google translate ;].
Les Themes I et II se poursuivront aussi dans quelques temps. La vie est pleine de surprise et nous manquons de temps pour realiser tous nos projets, le site a de beau jour devant lui.
Joyeux noel a tous et passez un bon reveillon.
Nos souhaits les plus chaleureux pour la nouvelle annee qui arrive :)



Algonquin, Canada -- 27 decembre 2017-


About 500 Muslims gathered at the Algonquin Commons Theatre Dec. 16 to commemorate and celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.

Speakers and volunteers covered many international issues facing the Muslim community today, including the Jerusalem conflict and terrorism.

“This is a defining moment in the world and history will bear witness,” said speaker and AICP member, Imam Walid Saad.

The Association of Islamic Charitable Projects organized a grand celebration to honour the most prominent prophet in Islam.

The AICP is an international non-profit organization run by Muslims with the objective to spread correct knowledge on the religion by holding events and celebrations. Their goal is to teach both Muslims and non-Muslims about the history and traditions of Islam.

The event itself was warm and welcoming regardless of the cold and snowy weather.



Quranic recitations, melodious chants and religious hymns played throughout the theatre. Men, women and children all sang, clapped and followed along with the theatre-style event.

Event goers were amused and entertained with skits, speeches and performances throughout the two and a half hour event.

Although it was a night of celebration, that didn’t stop speakers and volunteers from touching on important and serious subjects regarding the Muslim community.

Saad was referring to President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel instead of Palestine.

“The AICP says, the holy city of Jerusalem has been and will continue to be the Arab capital of our beloved Palestine,” said Saad.

The crowd was brought to their feet as they cheered, clapped and whistled in excitement and agreement as he repeated, “Jerusalem is Palestine’s capital, Jerusalem is Palestine’s capital, Jerusalem is Palestine’s capital.”

He continued on by saying; “We call on all our political parties and our Arab allies to set aside their differences and help prevent the destabilization in the Middle-East by denouncing this plan.”

Saad also took the opportunity to denounce the reoccurring attacks made by terrorist extremists, groups and organizations hiding under the banner of Islam.

“The terror attacks committed in many places in the world such as Paris, Madrid, Bali, Manchester, Nigeria and most recently in Egypt are all an attack on regional stability and society at large, including Muslims.” said Saad.

According to the AICP website; one of the main goals of the organization is to “rid the Muslim community of vile innovations and prevailing deviations whose proponents call for terrorism and violence”.

The values of the Prophet Muhammad, who was known as the prophet of peace and fairness, sync-up well with the objective of the AICP; which made the event all the more effective and coherent.

Abed Saab, AICP volunteer and event organizer, said that it’s events like these that give Muslims the opportunity to spread religious education. He also said that holding the event at Algonquin specifically was an advantage to the organization,

“The area is very popular, there’s a lot of Muslim students, so this was a good opportunity to interact with the youth and meet them and hopefully have them join our programs.”

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MOSUL, Iraq -4 January 2018-


Muslims and Christians together for Christmas


Cries of joy and seasonal hymns once again filled St. Paul Cathedral in Mosul as Christmas Mass was celebrated there for the first time in three and a half years, following the northern Iraqi city's liberation from Islamic State militants.

The Iraqi national anthem opened the Mass as women wailed with emotion. Armored police outside protected the worshippers.

Led by Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad, Christians and Muslims attended the Christmas Mass Dec. 24 in a display of unity.

"My message is to our brothers the Muslims," said Patriarch Sako. "I ask them to change their way of thinking; you should know Christianity better. In the past, Christians were the majority in Iraq; today we are minority, but without us, Mosul will never be the same."

He urged the faithful to pray for "peace and stability to reign in Mosul, Iraq and the world."

Underscoring Christ's message of love and peace, he urged displaced Christians to return home and participate in its reconstruction.

"They are not going back because their houses are destroyed or burned, and the church is restoring all of the houses," Patriarch Sako said. "We are hopeful that many, many Christians will be back."

Islamic State militants had seized and terrorized Mosul and the surrounding areas in 2014, sending most of its Christian population of 200,000 into flight. The militants threatened the Christians, telling them to convert to Islam, pay protection tax, die or flee.

Last July, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the expulsion of Islamic State from Mosul after a fierce, nine-month military campaign.

When Islamic State militants invaded Mosul, they prohibited public Christian worship services and began systematically destroying churches. St. Paul Cathedral reportedly was used as a prison by the militants, the damaged interior walls reflecting some of the destruction.



"With this celebration, we tell them that residents of Mosul are all brothers, whatever their religion or ethnicity, and despite all the damage and suffering," Christian worshipper Farqad Malko said of the message to the militants.

Meanwhile, in the Ninevah Plain town of Telaskov, Christians celebrated Christmas by gathering for Mass at the newly renovated Church of St. George. In church, children dressed in Santa Claus costumes sang "Jingle Bells" in Aramaic, the language of Jesus.

Twenty miles north of Mosul, Telaskov is one of the oldest continuing Christian communities in the world.

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St. Petersburg - Russia -7 Janvier 2018-


Putin : 'Eternal Christian Values' of Orthodox

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Orthodox Christians and all Russians on Christmas celebrated according to the Julian calendar on January 7.

A Kremlin press service statement quoted Putin as saying that Christmas "gives millions of believers joy and hope."

Putin said the holiday accustoms Orthodox Christians to "spiritual origins and fatherly traditions, and unites them around eternal Christian values" and the "centuries-old historic and cultural heritage of our people."



Putin also said the Orthodox Christian Church has "made a significant contribution to strengthening high moral ideals in society, educating the growing generation, and solving vital social problems."

Putin attended Orthodox Christmas services at the Church of saints Simeon and Ann in St. Petersburg as the clock turned to January 7.

Meanwhile, Russian state television channels showed a live broadcast of the Christmas Eve midnight Mass from Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral.

Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill conducted the ceremonies at the Moscow site before hundreds of worshippers, including several Russian government and parliamentary officials.

Orthodox Christians in Russia and most other Orthodox countries celebrate Christmas according to the Julian calendar on January 7, two weeks after most Western Christian churches that use the Gregorian calendar.

January 7 is a national holiday in Russia, as well as in Belarus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, and Ukraine. The Armenian Orthodox Church celebrated on January 6.

In Bethlehem, Palestinians Christians -- angry with church land sales to Israelis -- scuffled with Palestinian police, as they attempted to block the arrival of the Holy Land's Greek Orthodox patriarch for Christmas celebrations.

Demonstrators banged on the sides of police escort vehicles, but Patriarch Theophilos III managed to safely move in his limousine to the Church of the Nativity for the traditional Orthodox Christmas eve observance.

In Istanbul, the Greek Orthodox Christian community celebrated Epiphany with the blessing of the waters.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians around the world and the archbishop of Constantinople, led the liturgy at the Patriarchal Church of St. George.

The Eastern Orthodox Church commemorates Jesus' baptism on Epiphany. Most Christian religions observe Epiphany to recall the three wise men who followed a star to find the baby Jesus.

In Egypt, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi attended an Orthodox Christmas service at a new church in a symbolic act of solidarity with his country's embattled Christian community, the Copts.

Sisi, a Muslim, told the packed cathedral outside of Cairo on the Orthodox Christmas Eve that "you are our family. We are one and no one can divide us."

His appearance at the cathedral along with Coptic Pope Tawadros II came as tens of thousands of soldiers and police were deployed outside churches in Egypt to secure against attacks by Islamic militants, who have targeted Christians for the past two years in bomb attacks that have killed about 100 people.

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Message par feuille le Dim 7 Jan - 12:15

Virginie, USA -7 janvier 2018-


Who is a Christian?


C.S. Lewis noted “If Christianity is true, why are not all Christians obviously nicer than all non-Christians?”

For those of us who profess to be Christians, this question should make us think. What does it mean to be nice? Within the context of being a Christian, I believe it means to be a person who is loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and one who practices self control.

Yet, how many of us truly display these virtues as we go about our daily lives? Sadly, being a Christian has become more about just doing the “Christian thing” – going to church, attending prayer meetings, intellectually engaging in bible studies, etc. It has become a show of superficial self-righteousness through works, while the hearts remain hardened.



These works are not without merit, but they should be a manifestation of a life being lived in a relationship with Christ.

The virtues listed above are the fruit of the indwelling Spirit that comes to dwell in the heart of all those who have chosen to submit to the Lordship of Christ, to be transformed into His likeness. Before we lay claim to be Christians, let us examine ourselves, and make sure we are walking worthy of our calling. It is not enough to profess with our mouths that we have accepted Christ as our Savior, and then go about business as usual – with no change of heart.

There is a difference between an emotional conversion and a true conversion. Regrettably, many who “give their lives to Christ” at altar calls and revival meetings, do so, being caught up in the brief moments of an emotional high. There is no lasting change evident in the person’s life. True conversion results in a changed lifestyle – one becomes a new creature in Christ, and that is what makes the Christian “nice”.

So why are not all Christians nicer than all non-Christians? I believe it is because not all who call themselves Christians, are Christians. A tree is known by its fruit. So if the Christian is not bearing the fruit of the Spirit, then there is reason to doubt that person is truly a Christian. Why may this be so? Perhaps it is a limited understanding of what salvation is, or the unwillingness of the Christian to go beyond “being saved”.

They think it is a done deal when they have accepted Christ as their Savior and they either give in to licentiousness, doing whatever they want since their sins are forgiven, or try hard in their own strength to live a godly life, both of which are futile and cast a doubt on a person’s true salvation. What is often missed is the fact that if one is truly saved and has been born of the Spirit, one has to submit to the sanctifying power of the Spirit.

It is the process of sanctification that molds, shapes and prunes us into the image of the Creator, through trials, tribulations, and testing of the faith. It has been said that God is more interested in our holiness than in our happiness.

But man seeks happiness buying into the gospel of prosperity for example. When the going gets tough, that is when the truth is revealed, and one is faced with the choice of turning to the faith or away from it. It is the choice made then, that bears witness to the true nature of the person. If the tree is good and firmly rooted in good soil, it will bear good fruit.

Let us therefore examine ourselves before we walk out in the world claiming to be Christians. If we do not bear the good fruit, but strut around in self-righteous pride, our misconduct will drive non-believers away from Christ.

Such hypocrisy is a most effective tool in the hands of the devil to lead us and others away from God. May we ever seek to be holy as He is holy, drawing others into His fold.

God bless.

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Huanchaco, Peru, Jan 20, 2018 -


In a homily Saturday, Pope Francis spoke about the natural disasters Peru experienced over the last year, praising the way in which Peruvians joined together to help one another during these difficult moments.

“I know that, in the time of darkness, when you felt the brunt of the [storm], these lands kept moving forward,” the Pope said during Mass near Trujillo, Peru Jan. 20.

Like the five wise virgins in the parable in the day's Gospel, the people of Peru were prepared with “the oil needed to go out to help one another like true brothers and sisters,” he continued. “You had the oil of solidarity and generosity that stirred you to action, and you went out to meet the Lord with countless concrete gestures of support.”

The Mass, which took place in Huanchaco, a beach town outside the city of Trujillo, was part of Pope Francis’ Jan. 18-21 visit to Peru.

In his homily he referred to the “Niño,” or “Coastal El Niño,” the name given to a weather phenomenon off the coast of Peru and Ecuador, which began in December 2016.

The pattern caused warmer-than-usual water temperatures off the coasts of the two countries, which in turn triggered heavy rainfalls in the mountains.

The excess run-off from the rains caused severe flooding and mudslides, devastating parts of Peru, particularly in the north. Trujillo, Peru’s third most populated city, was one of the worst hit after a period of heavy rains last March caused mudslides and flooding directly affecting around 800,000 people and killing almost 100.

Francis encouraged Peruvians not to lose heart during these times of trials, but to use this Eucharistic celebration as an opportunity to unite their suffering to Christ’s suffering on the cross.

“These times of being ‘buffeted,’” he said, “call into question and challenge our strength of spirit and our deepest convictions. They make us realize how important it is to stand united, not alone, and to be filled with that unity which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.”

Many people are still suffering from the damage caused by “Coastal El Niño,” the Pope noted. And it’s possible these difficulties have caused their faith to waver.

If this is the case, “we want to unite ourselves to Jesus,” he said, because “[Jesus] knows our pain and our trials; he endured the greatest of sufferings in order to accompany us in our own trials. The crucified Jesus wants to be close to us in every painful situation, to give us a hand and to help lift us up.”

Like the story of the ten virgins in the Gospel reading, who were surprised by the bridegroom’s arrival in the middle of the night, the storms of life – both the physical storms as well as other difficulties – can catch us off-guard.

In the passage, we learn that five of the virgins were prepared with oil for their lamps and five were not. “At the appointed time, each of them showed what they had filled their life with,” Francis noted, and “the same thing happens to us.”





“There are times when we realize what we have filled our lives with. How important it is to fill our lives with the oil that lets us light our lamps in situations of darkness and to find the paths to move forward!”

He commended the Peruvians for being well-prepared with the grace of the Holy Spirit, so that “in the midst of darkness, you, together with so many others, were like living candles that lighted up the path with open hands, ready to help soothe the pain and share what you had, from your poverty, with others.”

“Fill your lives always with the Gospel,” he concluded. “I want to encourage you to be a community that lets itself be anointed by the Lord with the oil of the Spirit. He transforms, renews and strengthens everything.”

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Usa - 1 Fevrier 2018
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''Satan’s tactic for Christian America''


I was recently invited to attend and give a reflection at a prayer vigil for persecuted Christians, hosted by a church in Maryland. The church was hoping that 150 congregants would come. They got about three.

To be fair, there was some bad weather that afternoon. And it was on a Friday night, when most people would rather be relaxing on the couch or going out to a nice dinner with their spouse. There are a million reasons — a few of them even legitimate — why you might not show up to something like this. But it was sad, all the same, to see the bare pews, and to hear a couple of speakers deliver beautiful and impassioned pleas to an empty church. At the end they collected donations for a Christian school in Iraq, but nobody was there to give anything.

Before the vigil, I remember saying to my wife that every church in the country ought to do something like this at least once a month. Now I know why they don’t.

I reflected on this when I read a report that Christian persecution and genocide is worse now than it has ever been in history. Christians in Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan, North Korea, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Egypt, and many other countries, are regularly imprisoned, tortured, beaten, raped, and martyred. Their churches are destroyed. Their houses burned. They meet and worship in secret, risking their lives in the process. They live every moment in constant danger.

About 215 million Christians face what is called “extreme persecution” for their faith. It’s estimated that around a million have been slaughtered since 2005. There is no way to know exactly how many. What we do know is that Christianity has been dramatically reduced in parts of the world where it had existed for nearly 2,000 years.





Tradition tells us that St. Mark brought Christianity to Egypt in the early part of the first century. Today, the seed he planted has been ripped up. Two churches in the country were attacked and 44 Christians massacred on Palm Sunday last year. In the same year, 28 Christian pilgrims were martyred while en route to a monastery. This sort of thing is a regular occurrence in Egypt and in several other nations across the globe.

But what do we care?

There are other things to worry about here. Hollywood sex scandals. Twitter disputes. Whatever controversial thing Trump said this week. So on and so on. We — myself included — spend far more time, and spill far more ink, on these issues than we ever have on the coordinated genocide of our fellow believers in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Why?

I have come to believe that our disinterest stems not only from the general apathy that defines western society and the western church, but from moral cowardice. To face the plight of our brothers and sisters is to face ourselves. To see these Christians who would rather be shot dead in the desert than renounce their faith is to see our own faith as a shabby, pitiful, hollow imitation. To see Christians who would risk their very lives to go to church and preach the Gospel is to question why we will do neither of those things, even though we are perfectly free and able. We cannot confront these truths of ourselves, so we will not confront the truth of Christian persecution.

Christians in the East forfeit their lives rather than forfeit their souls, and we forfeit our souls even though we could quite easily retain both. The Church overseas has been under violent assault, yet the enemies of Christ have not won. They have diminished the Church in numbers by killing its members, but it is strong and resilient where it still stands. Our situation is exactly the reverse.

We have submitted to the forces of darkness. We have bent our knees in homage to Satan, and the enemies of the faith haven’t even fired a shot to induce our surrender. Satan does not beat us with a stick; he dangles a carrot. He lulls us to sleep. He distracts us. He tempts us. Kill us? Why would he do that? We are no threat to him. A Christian in Afghanistan is a threat. He must be destroyed. It's the only way. But a lazy, soft, equivocating Christian in the West? There is no need to persecute him. He is not worthy of it. Just give him a television and the internet and let him damn himself.

Satan’s legions in America — to include his agents within the church, of which there are many — have figured out the secret. Don’t put a gun to their heads and tell them to stop being Christian. Instead, just give them something else to do. Whatever you do, never make them afraid, because if you do that you may accidentally awaken their courage. And then your plan is in trouble.

Indeed, if your persecution produces a bunch of passionate, courageous Christians, you better go and execute every last one of them. Leave even one alive, let even one slip through the cracks, and you’re doomed. A Christian like that — one who cannot be shamed into silence, cannot be intimidated, cannot be made to conform, cannot be controlled by Earthly forces — is powerful beyond all imagining. All you can do with him is kill him. He’s too dangerous. Your tricks won’t work on him. He has the grace of God and you have nothing better to offer him.

From the Devil's perspective, this is not ideal. Murdering such a Christian means sending him straight to Heaven, which is why the mass slaughter of Christians is a bittersweet sight in Hell. On one hand, the demons enjoy such immense suffering. On the other, they are losing souls forever into the arms of the Almighty. Satan surely prefers the situation here in the West. We believe we are blessed to be free from the trials inflicted upon our brothers and sisters, but he knows better. We kick back and relax in our false sense of security while he licks his lips and prepares to feast upon us.

He knows that we have become numb in our comforts. Our faith is stagnant and stale. We don't cling desperately to God. We cling to other things: our jobs, our relationships, our ambitions, our friends, our hobbies, our phones, our pets. We don't even think of Him most of the time. We make no attempt to conform our lives to His commandments or to walk the narrow path that Christ forged for us. We are too busy for all that, we say, and it's inconvenient. Christ says, "Pick up your cross and follow," but we take this as an optional suggestion. We leave our crosses on the side of the road and head back inside where it's warm and there's a new Netflix show to binge. We tell ourselves that we'll be fine in the end because we are decent people, and we are leading normal lives, and, sure, we believe in Jesus or whatever.

And Satan laughs.

He does not want us to be jolted out of this stupor, and he has no doubt instructed his legions accordingly. The persecutors of the church in America have quite an easy job. For them, the strategy is clear: Put down the gun. Drop the machete. Don't scare these people. Don't make martyrs of them. Don't give them any hint that there is a war going on and the fate of their souls lies in the balance. Let them be arrogant and self-assured. Let them push out any thought of their own mortality. Let them dismiss everything I'm saying right now as "pessimistic" and "negative." Let them enjoy themselves. Let them have their spiritual indifference and let them dress it up as "positivity" and "hopefulness." Let them have it all. Fluff their pillow for them, even. Turn on the TV and hand them the remote. Feed them. Pamper them. Pleasure them. Give them everything their hearts desire. Don’t appeal to their fear; appeal to their lust, their laziness, their gluttony, their vanity, their pride, their boredom.

And watch them drop like flies.

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Israel- Fevrier 2018


Young Jews and Bedouin Plant Hope Together



“When Jewish and Bedouin children plant together, it proves that we can have a good future of peace between us all.” - Ibrahim Ziadna, aged 12, from Rahat

During the week of Tu BiShvat some 2,000 young Jews and Bedouin planted around 1,000 saplings in Mishmar HaNegev Forest, which was dubbed The Forest of Hope in honor of the event. JNF Canada has adopted Mishmar HaNegev Forest, and it supported the planting initiative all the way from the land-preparation stage to the event itself and the tree aftercare. The ceremony was attended by senior officials from Israel’s Ministry of Education, by residents of local communities and by KKL-JNF staff members.

“You are our hope for good neighborly relations and for conserving the unique character of each one of us,” Simon Elbaz, Deputy Director of KKL-JNF’s Education Division, told the youngsters. “Could anything be more unifying than planting a tree in the soil of the Land of Israel, where we all live together?”

JNF Canada, which has adopted Mishmar HaNegev Forest, supported the planting all the way from preparation of the ground to the planting stage and subsequent care of the trees. The planting activities reached their climax precisely on Tu BiShvat with the participation of hundreds of schoolchildren from all over the Negev, including the Bedouin communities of Rahat, Lakiya and Tarabin and the Jewish cities of Ashkelon, Ashdod and Netivot.

This planting ceremony was the high point of the Planting Israeli Hope initiative organized jointly by Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund and Israel’s Ministry of Education, in which different groups from the Negev met up for Tu BiShvat planting events. The project was designed to present the broad spectrum of Israeli society, strengthen the connection between the various different population groups, to help them to get to know one another better, promote tolerance and shared living, and deepen their sense of solidarity and national pride.

“Planting trees gives you a good feeling, because trees give life to people and their surroundings,” explained 12-year-old Ibrahim Ziadna, a seventh-grade student at Rahat’s Al-Razi School. “When Jewish and Bedouin children plant together, it proves that we can have a good future of peace between us all.” As Ibrahim plunged his hands into the soil to plant his sapling, he was glad to feel that the ground was damp. “It’s great to see that a lot of rain has fallen, and that’s a hopeful sign, too,” he concluded.



Rahat’s Al-Razi School and Ashkelon’s Comprehensive School 4 are both taking part in an educational initiative for partnership and cooperation in which pupils and teaching staff hold a variety of meetings and shared activities, and on this occasion the youngsters planted trees together.

“We believe in living in partnership in the Negev and throughout the country,” said Sheli Zorovsky of Ashkelon Comprehensive 4. “Today, together, we planted a hope for a shared life in our country.”

Planting in Mishmar HaNegev Forest began in the 1980s, and today this woodland extends over an area of around 17,000 dunam (approx. 4,250 acres). The schoolchildren planted a variety of fruit trees, including fig, carob and mulberry, inside limans, i.e., small pools dug into the gullies to allow water to collect and enable full advantage to be taken of every precious drop of rain that falls in this arid desert region.

“Together we all have to plant and build,” said Musaleh Abu Asa, CEO of Al-Kasum Regional Council. “These schoolchildren are our future.”
Nasser Shibli, principal of the Tarabin Primary School, made an emotional appeal to KKL-JNF staff: “Please keep on making the Negev green!”

KKL-JNF’s Southern Region Education Director Hagit Ohana and Itzik Ross, who heads the Ministry of Education’s Shelach (a Hebrew acronym for “Field Study, Nation and Education”) program in southern Israel, presided over the ceremony. “Our generation’s task is to continue to plant, to strengthen Israeli society and to invest in education, especially in the Negev and elsewhere in the periphery,” said Hagit Ohana. Jewish and Bedouin students read poems together in Hebrew and Arabic, in celebration of the trees.

Eli Sheetrit, Director of Youth and Society in the Southern Region for the Ministry of Education, represented the ministry at the event. “Learning to live together in a society that raises the flag of tolerance and peace is the vision we all share,” he said.

The day’s events concluded with dialogue circles in which the students discussed nature, the environment and coexistence. “Nature can unite us all, Jews and Bedouin alike,” concluded 16-year-old Yiska Haddad of Netivot. Her friend Adi Haniya agreed: “Today’s activities are proof that we can communicate with one another, and they teach us how good and right it is for us to live here together.”



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Message par feuille le Lun 5 Mar - 13:22


Stockholm, Suede - 5 Mars 2018 -


Swedish church outraged as nude club opens down the road


A church in central Stockholm, Sweden has expressed outrage after a nude night club opened up down the road.

Klubb Naket encourages guests to 'come naked, come as you are', and if guests leave all their clothes in the cloak room, entry is free.

The concept has upset a church located just a few hundred yards down the road, with the church pastor declaring the pro-nudity event 'a hotbed of depression'.

Klubb Naket's organisers describe their weekly club event as 'an electronic club aimed at the queer and fetish community where openness and sexual freedom is part of our manifesto.

'It is a plus if you come naked - if you take your clothes off in the cloak room = free entry.


'At Klubb Naket there are dark corners and hideaways - or 'make out rooms' as we call them - where you and your friends can do what you feel like there and then...

'We serve up the best music for you, you feel at home and let what happens happens. Come naked. Come as you are. Do what you want. It all stays here. '

Klubb Naket's manager David Cakir told local newspapers that Saturday's launch night had been 'a full house, around 400 people'.

'There was a nice level of nudity over all, but clearly it got more and more naked the later the hour. It got pretty hot in there as well,' Mr Cakir told StockholmDirekt with a laugh.



However, the nearby Sodermalmskyrkan were not as pleased with the sell-out success of the nude night club on their doorstep.

‘What is happening now on Sodermalm can have serious consequences, the club becomes a hotbed of depression and humans having their souls broken down,' Pastor Lennart Torebring told the website.

'Everyone knows children need boundaries, doing what you want is not good for you. We don't need less boundaries just because we get older.'

Representatives for Klubb Naket said security and 'safe zone guards' circulate the club throughout the evening, adding that they actively work to prevent sexism, and have a 'zero tolerance' policy against racism and harassment.











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Re: Tour du monde

Message par feuille le Mer 4 Avr - 10:07



Italie - Vatican, 1 april


Power of love renew the world



Easter makes it clear that in the life of Jesus, but also in the lives of modern men and women, “death, solitude and fear” do not have the last word, Pope Francis said before giving his Easter blessing.

“The words heard by the women at the tomb are also addressed to us: ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen,'” the pope said as he prepared April 1 to give his Easter blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world).

“By the power of God’s love,” Jesus’ victory over death “dispels wickedness, washes faults away, restores innocence to the fallen and joy to mourners, drives out hatred, fosters concord and brings down the mighty,” the pope said, quoting the formal Easter proclamation.

Standing on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica after having celebrated a morning Mass in the square, Pope Francis focused on how Jesus foretold his death and resurrection using the image of the grain of wheat, which bears no fruit unless it is put into the ground.

“This is precisely what happened: Jesus, the grain of wheat sowed by God in the furrows of the earth, died, killed by the sin of the world,” the pope said. “He remained two days in the tomb; but his death contained God’s love in all its power, released and made manifest on the third day, the day we celebrate today: the Easter of Christ the Lord.”

After a stormy Holy Saturday with rain beating down throughout the night, Easter morning dawned bright and sunny at the Vatican, highlighting the thousands of flowers, trees and bushes donated by flower growers in the Netherlands.

The garden created on the steps of St. Peter’s Square included 20,000 tulips in yellow, red, pink, white and orange. Some 13,500 daffodils and more than 3,500 roses also were part of the scene, but the flower-growers association drew special attention to close to 1,000 cymbidium, also known as boat orchids. The orchids closest to the altar were green, the color of hope. Others were yellow, speckled with red, reminiscent of drops of Christ’s blood, according to the press release from the flower growers.

Pope Francis gave a brief homily during the Mass, speaking without a prepared text about how God’s actions throughout history to save his people have been acts that surprised them, touched their hearts and prompted them to rush to share the news with others.

“The women who had gone to anoint the Lord’s body found themselves before a surprise” when they reached the empty tomb, he said. “God’s announcements are always a surprise, because our God is a God of surprises.”

That surprise caused the women to rush back to the other disciples to share the news, he said, just like the shepherds rushed when they heard the angels announce Jesus’ birth and like Peter and John ran to tell others when they found the teacher and master they had been seeking.

“Those people left what they were doing; housewives left their potatoes in the pan — they would find them burned later — but what is important is to go, run to see the surprise” that was announced, Pope Francis said.

On Easter, he said, Christians should ask themselves if they have hearts open to being surprised by God and if they feel a need to rush to share with others the good news of God’s saving acts.





After the Mass and after greeting each of the cardinals and many of the bishops and monsignors present near the altar, Pope Francis climbed into the popemobile for a quick trip around St. Peter’s Square and part of the way down the main boulevard leading to the square. He then went up to the balcony to give his formal Easter blessing.

In his remarks to the tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis insisted Jesus’ power over death continues today and can bring peace to the world’s most serious situations of conflict, including in Syria, the Holy Land, Yemen, Congo, South Sudan, Ukraine, the Korean peninsula and Venezuela.

“We Christians believe and know that Christ’s resurrection is the true hope of the world, the hope that does not disappoint,” the pope said. “It is the power of the grain of wheat, the power of that love which humbles itself and gives itself to the very end, and thus truly renews the world.”

In all the “furrows of our history, marked by so many acts of injustice and violence,” he said, the power of the Resurrection and the acts it inspires in believers “bears fruits of hope and dignity where there are deprivation and exclusion, hunger and unemployment, where there are migrants and refugees — so often rejected by today’s culture of waste — and victims of the drug trade, human trafficking and contemporary forms of slavery.”

Pope Francis included special prayers for “those children who, as a result of wars and hunger, grow up without hope, lacking education and health care; and to those elderly persons who are cast off by a selfish culture that ostracizes those who are not ‘productive.'”

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Re: Tour du monde

Message par feuille le Mer 23 Mai - 14:17

Montreal, Canada - May 18, 2018


Ramadan in Montreal can be a time to build bridges:


Cutting up fresh fruit every evening, rolling spring rolls with my Mom, stuffing samosas and setting the table for the breaking of the fast — those are some of my beautiful childhood memories of Ramadan. The holiest month of the Islamic calendar began this week. It is a month when observant Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset.

It can be physically fatiguing to fast for nearly 17 hours a day, as is the case for Canadian Muslims when the holiday falls at this time of year. It is, however, spiritually uplifting and invigorating.

As a child, I remember being woken up before the crack of dawn to the scent of fresh roti being made in the kitchen. We’d sleepily wander over to the kitchen table and eat and drink mostly in silence, fuelling our bodies for the day. The days were much shorter then. Fasting in the winter months mostly just meant not eating or drinking while at school. As the lunar calendar moves forward by 10 days every year, the days have gotten hotter and are longer now.

My kids ask to fast, but it’s not necessary for them to do so, as they’re still young. The same goes for anyone who is pregnant, nursing, travelling, elderly or sick.

Every family celebrates Ramadan differently, with different foods, drinks and traditions. In our home, we love to take advantage of the warm weather for an Iftarbecue (combining our breaking of the fast meal, Iftar, with a barbecue). It’s an excellent opportunity to get together with friends and family, invite over neighbours, and all eat together.

It seems that on a more formal level, Ramadan in Montreal is also being seen as a fitting occasion for interfaith dialogue initiatives, which happily appear to be proliferating. There are Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups participating in events that bring different communities together for breaking of the fast activities across the city this year.





Ramadan is an essential time for giving charity, as well. This can mean making donations, participating in food drives, helping the homeless. I remember volunteering in the kitchen of Sabariah Hussein during my days at Concordia University. I didn’t know how to cook very much back then, but I have vivid memories of her putting the dozens of volunteers to work. We’d peel potatoes, chop vegetables and stir industrial-sized pots and pans while she’d walk around making sure the hundreds of meals she prepared every day were ready for university students, the homeless, people who attended soup kitchens at local churches and anyone else she heard needed a warm meal. It was who she was and how she operated. It didn’t matter what you looked like, what you believed, where you came from or why you were there, she fed everyone indiscriminately.

Nearly 15 years later, many things have changed, but the work of Sister Sabria (as she is commonly known) has remained the same. From her apartment kitchen, she has served more than 650,000 meals and has raised over $1.1 million for humanitarian causes. The food she makes is incredible, and the love with which it is made is palpable.

She has just received the Order of Montreal. She is also to be honoured Sunday at an event at St. George’s Anglican Church. As one of the thousands of people who have met and worked with Sister Sabria, I would be hard-pressed to think of anyone more deserving. Her passion for feeding others, giving of herself and building bridges between people through food have been an inspiration to me my entire adult life.

While the tummies of Montreal’s Muslim community may be empty over the next month, our spirits are fuelled by celebrating our differences, honouring one another and working with our neighbours to build bridges of understanding and acceptance.


Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

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Re: Tour du monde

Message par feuille le Ven 17 Aoû - 11:15

America , 14 Aout 2018


Politics Is the Religion of the Devil


Sometimes your humble servant says that politics is the religion of Satan. That’s hyperbole, of course. But hyperbole, properly administered, should jar the hearer or reader to an underlying sober reality.

Our Lord is the greatest hyperbolist of all, telling us such things as: “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.” (Matthew 5:29-30)



What this means, of course, is that nothing, even the things that we hold most dear, should stand in the way of obtaining salvation. But Jesus’s way of putting it drives the point home with far more impact than the mere recitation of that truth.

Of course, my poor offering pales in comparison with our Lord’s pithy wit. And for that reason it might not be entirely clear what I’m trying to convey by it. That means I have to explain it, and this I will now endeavor to do.

What I mean when I say that politics is the religion of Satan is that it causes people to behave badly. At the top of the list is war, of course. People often accuse religion of causing wars, but we have seen how when politics and religion are separated, religion becomes rather non-threatening whereas politics continues with the bloodshed apace. The United States can’t seem to stop fighting wars, although it has a Constitutional provision keeping religion out of its government. Meanwhile, the Methodists and Unitarians manage to stay fairly non-threatening. It turns out that religion is violent only when it is co-opted by politics, and it is politics that is the actual culprit.

Now the reason why politics makes people behave badly is that politics is, at bottom, about allocation of resources. That’s why interest groups try to funnel money to politicians, so that politicians will reward such efforts with legislation that will assist those interest groups in gaining control of resources. And gaining control of resources is approached as a zero-sum game. Some interests succeed in getting control of resources, and others get screwed. Those who succeed in getting control of resources are call the “rich.” Those who get screwed are called the “poor.” The rich are able to redirect the resources they have gained back to the politicians, who reward them with yet more resources. The poor have no resources to donate, and thus continue to get screwed.

Enter the Catholic Church.

The Church is not, contrary to the fond wishes of some, supposed to stay out of politics. On the contrary, the Church’s mission in politics is to provide as much weight as is possible on the side of the poor, without losing sight of the fact that the rich are also created in the image of God. The position of the Church is basically this: Stop screwing people, whether they be unborn infants, working people, the impoverished, children, women, racial minorities, or immigrants; treat others as you would like to be treated; treat every human being as an end in himself or herself, even those who don’t conform to Catholic morality.

Politics can’t imagine such a thing. With politics, somebody has to get screwed; and that is why, with politics, somebody has always gotten screwed. It’s not surprising, therefore, that political argumentation tends to be so vituperative and irrational. People are arguing over who is going to control resources, and who is going to get screwed.


Catholics are, or ought to be, out of place in discussions of this kind. Our proper posture toward it all is to try to slay the monster insisting that someone get screwed. Unfortunately, we too often get swallowed by the monster instead. The result is that the world gets treated to the spectacle of Catholics arguing over whose political party is more Catholic, with the side effect of us minimizing the decidedly un-Catholic positions of our parties. And these arguments contain no less venom than those involving people who come from a purely secular perspective.

That interferes with evangelization, of course. Someone witnessing exchanges of this kind are justified in saying, “Who wants to belong to a religion like that?” And, yes, we should be concerned about that. It is of paramount importance.




But there’s no ambiguity about what we should be doing. We are supposed to be the “salt of the earth,” the “light of the world.” What that means in this context is that we should be trying to transform the parties wherein we find ourselves into parties that seek the good of all, instead of letting the parties transform us. Democrat or Republican, we should all be seeking an end to the harm done to flesh and blood human beings by politics. We should be working to abolish the notion of acceptable casualties. And in discussing these issues with each other we should be following the admonition of St. Paul:

“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption. All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.

“So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.” (Ephesians 4:30-5:2)

Nothing more need be said on that point.

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