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Ramadan Kareem and Pope Francis

“God bless the work of your hands!” was one of the Moslem sayings I most loved as I lived my daily life in various countries in the Middle East. So, Pope Francis, God bless the work of your hands yesterday in your encyclical saying we are all responsible for the price we pay for progress. You are a brave man, and you don’t hesitate to name corruption when you see it, and to do your best to correct us, and straighten the path of the Lord.

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“Everything is related, and we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage, woven together by the love God has for each of his creatures and which also unites us in fond affection with brother sun, sister moon, brother river and mother earth,” he writes.

It is not entirely a happy message for me. One of the items he castigates is air conditioning, and as Pensacola hits the nineties every day, I hate to think of how I would live without air conditioning. I think I would turn into a slug, swinging in my hammock for hours every day reading a book. My house would be full of dirty dishes and dust. And I remember living in Tunis, and in Jordan, without air conditioning. We managed, by the grace of God.

Meanwhile, during the hottest months of the year, yesterday, our Moslem brothers and sisters began Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and personal purification. Imagine, going all day without water and without food, breaking the fast only as the sun goes down. I wonder if the Pope made his world-changing address on the eve of Ramadan on purpose, as he clearly made it to all mankind, not only to his Catholic followers.

Ramadan Kareem, my Moslem brothers and sisters, whom I cherish, and who taught me so much. May your fasting bring you great insights and purity of spirit.

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June 18, 2015 - Posted by | Character, Civility, Community, Cross Cultural, Cultural, Environment, Events, ExPat Life, Faith, Interconnected, Leadership, Living Conditions, Pensacola, Political Issues, Quality of Life Issues, Ramadan, Social Issues

4 Comments »

  1. One of the best I’ve read. Thank you so much for your kind words. God bless 🙂

    Comment by izzatunisizzy | June 18, 2015 | Reply

    • Thank you, Izzy. Love your blog, and especially the poem about loving a girl who reads 🙂

      Comment by intlxpatr | June 18, 2015 | Reply

  2. Ramadan Kareem to you and AdventureMan and all your family

    Its easy for the Pope to say shut the Airconditioning , He is from Argentina , its winter down there now

    Comment by daggero | June 18, 2015 | Reply

    • LOL, Daggero, have you read the encyclical? The Head of the Roman Catholic church saying we are all brothers and sisters, and we must all work together to save the world? It’s visionary.

      Comment by intlxpatr | June 18, 2015 | Reply


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