Sayings of Fathers

Sayings of Fathers
Turn us again, O Lord God of Hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.” For wherever the soul of man turns itself, unless toward thee, it is enmeshed in sorrows

(St. Augustine)

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من أقوال الأباء

يا إله الفضائل أملنا اليك وأرنا وجهك فنخلص، أجل
حيثما تتجه نفس الانسان تلق ألما الا اذا استقرت فيك

(القديس أغسطينوس)

By the Ascension of the Lord, we mean His bodily Ascension.

Ascension05Because in His divinity, He is everywhere, He does not ascend nor descend. Therefore, in the Liturgy of St. Gregory we say “And You ascended into the heavens in the body…” This ascension is evidence that His Glorified Body is not subject to the earth’s gravitational laws. It is also evidence of His Divinity. He ascended before His disciples as they were looking. This scene strengthened their faith because the Lord not only resurrected using His Divine power, but He also ascended into heaven in Fathernt of them.

In His ascension to Heaven, He did not leave His church alone on Earth.

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Sermon By H.G. Bishop Dimetrius from Suscopts Website

Holy_Family_flight_to_EgyptThe Coptic Church is celebrating this week a Great Feast, considered among the Lord’s minor feasts. It is the commemoration of the journey of the Holy Family to Egypt.The entry of our Lord Jesus Christ into the land of Egypt is an opportunity for rejoicing and delighting for the many blessings that his entry has impacted upon Egypt. The Church is aware of how important this event has been. And this is the reason it is one of the Lord’s feasts.There are several symbols and spiritual meanings that are indicated by the coming of the Lord Christ into Egypt. God’s plan for Christ’s entering the land of Egypt contains, as far as we can assume, four spiritual meanings that indicate the benefit for us from this divine plan.

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Dominant Life Principle (DLP)

Happy New Coptic Year to you all…

New beginnings always remind us with basic principles we used to live with and give us opportunity to re-evaluate our goals, the way of living and the path we are walking in…

It’s time to think what is the number 1 goal in my life? What do I want to achieve this year and what is my dominant life principle!!!

For someone, it could be fun, money, comfort, fame, success, love….. Let’s analyse it then. If it is fun, I would do whatever it takes to maximize the fun time. If it’s money, I would save pennies and enjoy free stuff. If it’s comfort, I would watch TV and never go out of my comfort zone. If it’s fame, I would like to be the centre of attention – self centred – and never care of anyone but me. If it’s success, I would sell anything or anyone for that feeling, would step on anyone’s toes jumping on the shoulders of all to be successful. If it’s love, I would open my heart and evaluate all my deeds and thoughts to make sure that they are done with love. “Let all that you do, be done with love” 1 Cor. 16:14

The question is what is compelling me?! The driver of all actions: studying, working, travelling, getting married, making friends, socializing, going through tribulations, buying or selling, dealing with others especially difficult people!!! I believe that we are here on earth to learn that lesson of Love fulfilling the greatest commandments to love God and to love one another.

I truly wish that we all choose Love as a dominant life principle… Have a wonderful New Love Life.

Fr. Daniel Bessada

Applying for Canadian Citizenship

Canadians are proud to hold one of the most prized citizenships in the world.  Every year about 170,000 people become new citizens of Canada.
 
If you want to become a Canadian citizen, you must:
 
1. Determine if you are eligible to become a citizen.
2. Apply for citizenship.
Use the citizenship study guide entitled Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship to prepare for your test
4. Take the citizenship test, if you are between the ages of 18 and 54.
5. Attend a citizenship ceremony, if you are 14 or older.


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In your first few weeks you will likely need to…

• Exchange your money for Canadian currency.
• Explore your housing options.
• Get a map of your area and find out about public transportation.
• Do some shopping for you and your family.
• Get a telephone book from the local telephone company. You can find out how to contact your local telephone company by dialing 411 from any phone.
• Learn more about traveling in Canada.
• Register your children in school.
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Upon arrival in Canada you should…

• Contact immigrant-serving organizations in your community. They can help you find the information and services you need to start your new life, including language training and help finding work.
 
Apply for Canadian identification, such as a driver’s licence and a health insurance card, which you should carry with you at all times.
 
 
• Apply for a health insurance card from your provincial or territorial government as soon as possible after you arrive in Canada.
 
• Apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) and a health insurance card.
 
• Look for a job.

In your first few months you will likely need to…

• Practice and improve your language skills.
• Find a place to live.
• Explore your options for communications services.
• Get a family doctor.
• Have your children immunized.
• Find out where the Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) assessment centre is in your community and register for language classes. In French, LINC is called CLIC (Cours de langue pour les immigrants au Canada).
• Apply for the Canada Child Tax Benefit.
• Apply for the GST/HST Credit.
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