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"When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, "Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, "Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.”’
Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

Luke 18:1-8

My people died on the cross. They died while their hands stretched toward the East and West, while the remnants of their eyes stared at the blackness of the firmament. They died silently, for humanity had closed its ears to their cry. They died because they did not befriend their enemy. They died because they loved their neighbours. They died because they placed trust in all humanity. They died because they did not oppress the oppressors. They died because they were the crushed flowers and not the crushing feet. They died because they were peacemakers. They perished from hunger in a land rich with milk and honey. They died because monsters of hell arose and destroyed all that their fields grew, and devoured the last provisions in their bins. They died because the vipers and sons of vipers spat out poison into the space where the Holy Cedars, the roses and the jasmine breathe their fragrance. - Khalil Gibran

*A nun cries as she stands at the scene inside Cairo’s Coptic cathedral, following a bombing, in Egypt.

It’s so easy to forget how blessed I am to be living in a country where religious freedom is celebrated (of course, that can seriously debated and I recognize that) but when compared to Egypt, a country where Coptic Christians have survived and have kept their faith alive and flourishing despite the oppression and persecution they face on the daily, living in America is a breeze

In the face of the recent attack on St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo, I just want to remind people to keep the Copts in Egypt as well as all the religious minorities around the whole world in their thoughts and prayers. Now more than ever it is important to support each other and build each other up regardless of our faiths, to love each other and be there for one another in the hopes of developing our world as well as our spiritual lives. 

#prayforcairo 

some epithets of the Goddess Isis (cfr. LGG VIII) translated in english and in modern Bohairic/Memphitic Coptic.
Coptic is the last stage of the Egyptian language and its last writing system (it belongs to the “Egyptian II” together with Neo-Egyptian and Demotic), and it has preserved and handed down the pronunciation of the Egyptian dating back at least to the Late Period together with the very principles of the phonetic system of the Egyptian language. Among the various Coptic dialects, Bohairic/Memphitic is the last Egyptian language still spoken in Egypt.

(The translations in Coptic are followed by the transliterations: all the vowels are to be pronounced as pure vowels; the vowel “e” in bracklets, (e) , indicates the untressed pure vowel “è” that precedes the syllabic consonant and whose pronunciation is similar to the mute “e” of the French; the grave accent indicates the low vowels, while the acute accent indicates the high vowels; the “é”, as in modern Greek, is pronounced as the pure vowel “i”; the underlined letter indicates the stress)

Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral - Aswan, Egypt

The Christian Exodus from Egypt

The Wall Street Journal is the coolest paper ever you guys.

by Samuel Tadros | 12 October 2012

Visit any Coptic church in the United States and you immediately recognize the newcomers. You see it in their eyes, hear it in their broken English, sense it in how they cling to the church in search of the familiar. They have come here escaping a place they used to call home, where their ancestors had lived for centuries.

Waves of Copts have come here from Egypt before, to escape Gamal Abdel Nasser’s nationalizations or the growing Islamist tide. Their country’s transformation wasn’t sudden, but every year brought more public Islamization. As the veil spread, Coptic women felt increasingly different, alien and marked. Verbal abuse came from schoolteachers, bystanders in the bus station who noticed the cross on a wrist, or commentators on state television.

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