The Daily Maronite: Applebee’s In Lebanon

June 15, 2008



Now, we have Applebee’s, just one mile away from my parents’ house.
I will wait to visit after Great Lent.

Written March 2006

The Daily Maronite: Old Friends

June 14, 2008

After 13 years of absence, here we are, the old friends, gathered together, but just for a while, because some of them live in Canada, others in Dubai, others keep traveling.

So, it was a cool night together. We had remembered funny old stuff. Read the rest of this entry »

The Daily Maronite: Love & Lust & Yellow Snow

June 13, 2008

Today, we had a weird storm here that I’ve never seen before.
I fact, we had two storms and the result was truly funny.
The first one is a warm dust storm coming from the Sahara Desert, from Africa.

The second one is a cold snow storm coming from Europe.
Both of them hit Lebanon at the same time…
and the result… Guess what!

Yellow Snow

Have you heard about this before? me either.

Imagine you live in a town where all people are convinced that the yellow snow is the true color of snow. No, it’s not. The color of snow is white, but the dust has made it yellow.

The same thing with sex. Most people think that lust is normal and that lust is the true “color” of sex. But it’s not. The color of sex is love, but the original sin has made it stained with lust.

I am amazed by the teaching of Pope John Paul II about the BODY. I hope everybody can read it.

Orig. published March 2006.

The Daily Maronite: What Seems Like So Little Can Do So Much

June 12, 2008

I live in a region that was deeply affected by war. In 1983, 63 Christian villages have been destroyed and all their inhabitants have been displaced. Ten years later, people started coming back. The development in the Christian villages is too slow and sometimes totally absent. The young are obliged to emigrate and in winter time, just 10% of the people remain in their villages.

Six families have benefited from the amount of money the Ave Maria has sent:

One of them is an 8-year-old boy, Karim, whose family is extremely poor. This boy is suffering from an unknown disease that is eating his body, little by little. His flesh is filled with sores. He reminds me of Lazarus. You can see in the picture his foot filled with sores, as well as his face. He lost his arms. A friend took a picture for me and the boy. I had stomach ache when I saw him. Karim is able to understand, to talk, but he cannot walk. He cannot sleep as well. His mother takes care of him. This boy cannot be left alone. I gave his mother 100,000 LBP worth 66 US$. It seems a little money, but in fact it is worth 20 pizzas here in Lebanon (20 pizzas cost 300 $ in the US). The minimum wage here is 300,000 LBP, so 100,000 LBP is 32% of the minimum wage here. Again, I thank you and encourage other people to help the poor (to adopt children if you can).

The Daily Maronite: Ash Monday

June 10, 2008

The Season of Great Lent is a time to fast in order to be able to regain our vision which has been distorted by our disordinate desires, personal sins, bad habits, etc… It is a time to regain sight: to see the face of our Lord and the needs of our neighbors. It is like a trip on a boat from one side to another side, from old life to new life, from death to life, from dark to light.

On Ash Monday, the Maronites in Lebanon and the whole world gathered at churches and received the sign of the cross with ashes on their front. When the priest makes the sign of the cross on your front, he says, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return”.

Orig. published February 2006

The Daily Maronite: A new bishop

June 9, 2008

Today, we welcomed the new bishop of our Eparchy (Diocese), Elias, who is the youngest bishop in Lebanon.

He stopped by our church before he had Mass in Bet Eddine, a town next to ours.

Orig. Published February 2006

The Daily Maronite:Greetings from the Mountains

June 8, 2008

After a long meeting with 5 priests, I took a ride up to the mountains.

This place is just 20 minutes away from the Mediterranean Sea.

I have a T-Shirt with the picture of Greg.

Greg, my bestfriend from Cadillac-MI, sent me his picture when he was a child. Now, he has 4 kids.

I assure you that I have all the pictures of all the good people I met in the US. They are here in my heart.

Orig. published February 2006