Faith & Coptic Traditions

How to avoid family conflicts during the COVID-19 quarantine? 5 simple rules to maintain harmony at home.

How to put an end to the bickering before it begins? It will not be easy- but we can do it if we follow these five simple rules and if we promise to catch ourselves when we break one of the rules. It has been three weeks, maybe 4? I am losing count of the days, and I catch myself wondering what day of the week it is. Suffice to say, it has been a while that we are all at home together in a never-ending episode of Full House! I don’t need to remind you or myself that we...

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This International Women’s Day Let’s Introduce Our Children to Fierce Biblical Women Who Changed the Course of History!

Modern Day Icons When we think of  International Women’s Day, we invariably think of certain icons; at least I do. To name a few, the following women spring to my mind: Frida Kahlo, Jane Austin, Rosa Parks, Catherine the Great, Queen Elizabeth I, Anne Frank,  Sojourner Truth. Each one of these women accomplished what, up until their lifetime, would have been considered impossible. Whether in art, literature, politics or activism, they left their imprint on the world. They were fierce, determined, passionate, brave, heroic, strong. How often do we think of Biblical Women in those same terms? Do our children...

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Heartwarming Valentine’s Day Activities for Christian Families guaranteed to create lasting memories and provide hours of fun

Creating wholesome Valentine's Day Memories Whether you enjoy Valentine’s Day or not, children are bombarded by Valentine’s Day cards, candies, and activities for a few days every year. Whether at school, at extra-curricular activities, or on television, our children are introduced to notions of romantic love throughout the year. This year, I searched the internet to bring you a collection of heartwarming activities that put the focus on Jesus, the ultimate source of unconditional love. The collection includes crafts, printables and object lessons that I found particularly enjoyable and mission-driven. My objective is not to vilify Valentine’s, on the contrary....

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God always provides: what I learned from Captain Crow

When you lose a confrontation with a crow and it teaches you a valuable lesson! God always provides, I learnt this lesson in the most unsuspecting ways and from a rather intimidating teacher. He had been staring at me since I sat down. I took one look at him and decided that my usual indifference might be upgraded to annoyance, for this occasion. As I was accustomed to these looks, intense, unflinching, and almost predatory, I tried to ignore him. Usually, I took comfort in the fact that a window separated us and that we each go our separate way,...

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Want your child to become more grateful? Try these 4 fun activities that easily explain this concept to little ones.

How to help your child become more grateful? We celebrated my mother’s birthday last weekend and other than being one of the persons I am most grateful to have in my life, she is also the person who taught me the most about Gratitude. Mind you, I was not always so grateful for her constant reminders to be thankful. In fact, one of the sentences that I HATED the most was: “Thank God, it could have been worse.” To which I often responded with, “Well, it could have also been better!!” Not my finest moment, I admit. It took me...

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Tips to enjoy Halloween as a Christian family-boo!

Christians can enjoy Halloween I hope that you are enjoying the fall/autumn season and taking some time to admire the beauty of the changing colours. Halloween is being celebrated by young and old this week in many countries around the world but in a BIG way in North America.  Personally, I love watching children dress up and their faces light up as they happily collect candies. I don't encourage the traditional glorification of doom and gloom. Nor do I agree with any representation that is Horrific, Evil or Satanic in nature. But I think that Halloween can still be enjoyed...

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“Fit in” or follow Christ? Help your child face peer pressure at school.

Peer-Pressure Greetings friends, Another school year is starting and with it comes new adventures and new challenges for our children. I think we share particular worries as we face a new academic year: will my child like his/her teacher, the homework battles are about to begin (more about homework strategies here), balancing after school activities with an already busy schedule, etc. However, I think our children face an even more significant challenge at the start of every school year: peer pressure. Peer pressure starts at a much earlier age than we actually think and is not exclusive to high school...

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How faithful are we to Christ? Introducing: Philo and the Faithfulness SuperHoly!

Good day friends, I have a question, actually, quite a few questions! When did we stop talking about our faith? When did we stop proactively sharing that we are Christian? When did we stop being faithful to our faith in Christ? At our first job? During University? College? High School? Or at an even younger age? We are living in an era where it is politically incorrect to criticize any religion, except Christianity. In fact, criticizing Christianity is almost evidence of one’s intellect and independence. It is now accepted to openly mock the Christian faith, to distort Biblical truths in...

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I am doing God a favor!

I am doing God a favour, or so I thought... The Coptic Orthodox Church follows an annual calendar, culminating in Easter, celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord and our resulting salvation. While I do not like to play favourites, Lent (the 55 days preceding Easter) is my favourite time of year. Lent, especially the last 7 days of Holy Week, is like a spiritual energizing tonic, a sort of a Spiritual enhancement program. I look forward to these 55 days to carry me through the rest of the year. While I should be focusing on my Spiritual life every single...

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Why was the Samaritan woman drawing water at noon? Because of me.

Why was the Samaritan woman drawing water at noon? Because of me. The Samaritan woman’s encounter with Jesus was ground-breaking. It was such a monumental event that the Church selected this Gospel reading as one of the 7 Sunday readings during Lent; we listened to her story this past Sunday. It was an encounter that would change her life and the lives of many. Her story has been analyzed and explained by the giants of the Ancient Church (here is a link to Saint John Chrysostom's homily on the Samaritan woman http://orthochristian.com/70769.html), so I hardly feel qualified to write any...

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