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August 2022

From 2022-08-19 to 2022-09-20

WHY DOESN'T GOD INTERVENE

Then someone said, let's let our girls have an abortion if they want to, without telling their parents. And we said, OK.

Then a wise school board member said, since the boys are who they are and they're going to do it anyway, let's give them all the condoms they want, so they can have as much fun as they want, and they don't have to tell their parents, because they can get them at school. And we said, OK.

Then members of our elected government said it doesn't matter what we do in our private lives, as long as it doesn't affect our work. And, in line with that, they said it doesn't matter what anyone, including the President, does in private, as long as I have my job and the economy is running.

And someone also said, "Let's print magazines with pictures of naked women and call it a healthy and realistic designation of female beauty." And we said, OK.

And someone else took that assessment a step further and published naked pictures of children and made them available on the internet. And we said, okay, they have a right to their freedom.

Then the entertainment industry said let's produce blasphemous television shows and movies that show violence and illicit sex. Let's record music that promotes rape, drugs, murder, suicide and satanic themes. And we said, it's just entertainment, it doesn't have any negative effect and anyway, nobody takes it seriously, so let's go.

And we wonder why our children have no conscience, how come they don't know the difference between right and wrong anymore, and why they don't mind killing strangers, their classmates and themselves.

Perhaps, if you think about it long enough, you can find the answer. It may have a lot to do with "WE COLLECT WHAT WE SEE."

"Dear God, why didn't you save the little girl who was killed in her classroom?" Sincerely, a concerned student.

The answer, "Dear concerned student, I am not allowed to be in your schools anymore." Sincerely, God.

It's funny how easy it is to get rid of God and then wonder how it is that our lives have become hell. It's funny how we believe what's written in the newspapers but doubt what's written in the Bible.

It's funny how everyone wants to go to heaven, as long as they don't believe, think, say or do what the Bible says.

It's funny to see someone say "I believe in God" but follow Satan, who, by the way, "believes" in God, too.

It's funny how easy it is for us to be judgmental but how hard it is to accept that we are judgmental.

It's funny how many jokes you can send by e-mail, and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages that talk about the Lord, you think twice before sharing it.

It's funny how obscene, crude, and vulgar messages pass so freely through cyberspace, but public discussions about God are banned from schools and workplaces.

It's funny how a person can be so zealous for Christ on Sunday, and be just as invisible the rest of the week.

Are you laughing?

It's funny how when you come to spread this message, you won't send it to many people in your address book, because you're not sure what they believe in, or what they will think of you for sending it to them.

It's funny how I can worry more about what others think of me than what God thinks of me.

Do you think?

 

Ann Graham.

From 2022-08-08 to 2022-08-28

WHAT FOR

Admiring the catch, he says: What a joy this is! You will go back to the ocean for more? I will come along, you must explain to me

how you fish. 

— Go back for more… what for? asks the fisherman.

So that you may catch more fish, says the businessman.

— But what for? replies the fisherman once again.

Well, after you’ve sold your catch, you will have money.

— But what for?

You could then buy yourself a boat.

— But what for?

With a bigger boat you could haul in more fish.

— But what for?

Well, you could hire workers.

— But what for?

answers the fisherman.

These people would work for you.

— But what for?

Then you would be rich.

— But what for?

 You would be able to go and rest. The fisherman replies: This is what I am doing right now.

A clever businessman finds another fisherman. The latter is famished. The businessman buys him a small boat, transforms his little paradise into a major tourist site, sells sunshine in abundance but never allows his little fisherman to have enough finances to buy himself a bit of sunshine in Nice, Tuscany, Corsica or a bit of autumn in Lanaudiere, Vermont or even some winter in Quebec.

Money has the power to transform and to destroy, the power to  seduce and to blind our eyes, deafen our ears. It has the power to bring comfort for some… and misery for others. Very often money damages conditions instead of improving them, it can crush rather than create harmony. Why is it that the eyes of the clever businessman opened wide before the golden eggs of the fish, while the fisherman remained steadfast on welcoming the present moment?...

Mystery! But equity is not so: the little fisherman has just as much dignity and deserves as much respect as the businessman.

From 2022-07-13 to 2022-08-13

ECOTOURISM EVERYDAY

REINVENTING ECOTOURISM

No need to pack-up a suitcase to experience ecotourism. Every day, every hour, we can live that reality, and it can take on a multitude of forms: being outdoors and taking advantage of the warm sun, the gentle breeze, the wonderful aroma of blooming flowers; contemplating the moon’s silver lining and the starry sky; listening to the falling rain and the high-pitched song of the cicada; taking public transportation to go visit the beauties of nature that surround us and that charm people who come as tourists; tasting our good fruits and vegetables grown locally in abundance; enjoying fresh water and cold ice cream; savouring the simple things of life without over-spending and consuming.

Above all, in the wide open spaces, allow the heart to discover what is most beautiful in one’s life: spending time together with loved ones; playing with children and hearing their laughter; sharing some activities with couples and family members; rediscovering each other; visiting aging parents or elderly friends—to be a ray of sunshine in their lives. All of these loving actions are possible and fill the soul with marvelous memories—perhaps less exotic but no less real. So many ways of benefiting from nature in an environmental perspective while contributing to our well-being and that of others. It is possible to be ‘green-friendly’ in one’s own environment, and renew one’s self without having to pack-up and leave.

AT THE HEART OF ECOTOURISM

By preserving nature, the best of our human existence is also protected. Saint Benedict once said: Listen with the ear of your heart! To complete his thought one could say: See and smell with your heart! This summer, may our senses be opened to the incomparable beauty that surrounds us day and night, to taste and see in the ordinary moments of our existence the blessings that are ours to relish. This is a fabulous invitation to a different way of living ecotourism— that of the heart and everyday in one’s own environment.

Lorraine Pagé