Faith & Coptic Traditions

A Coptic Renaissance has started- meet the Coptic Innovators behind it!

Michelangelo, Leonardo, Coptic Creators The Renaissance was a time of creative genius, artistic innovation, and intellectual transformation. The treasures created during the Renaissance surpass any made before and rival many created since then. What if I told you that the Coptic Orthodox Church is experiencing its  Renaissance? Would you believe me? Let us examine the evidence. Across North America, Europe, and Australia, Coptic Immigrants have cemented their presence in their adopted countries. With the massive expansion in the number of Churches, Dioceses, Monasteries, Academies, and schools in the "lands of the immigration," the Coptic Diaspora is now yielding the fruits...

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My Savior, My Lord, My Father who art in heaven.

I did not always feel that way... Luke 8:47-48 "Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, "Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace." I love this passage! I relate to this woman more than most women in the Bible, for many reasons. Maybe I should backtrack a little. In my youth, my relationship with...

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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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His Life Depends on Them!!

  Good day, friends, Recently, I came across an internet meme about the upcoming return to school that made me chuckle: “I can’t believe March break is almost over.” And what a March break it has been. I will spare you the details as we have all experienced this pandemic together, on a global scale. How we experience this new academic year will likely be similar, albeit with some variations. Like the majority of parents, we fretted over the decision of our child returning to school, in-person, school. In our case, the choice was almost imposed by our provincial government;...

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You are on trial. You have been accused of a severe crime: being a Christian.

You are on trial. You have been accused of a severe crime: being a Christian. The Jury looks familiar. Too familiar. Is that your son? And daughter? And their friends???? How could this be? Where is your lawyer? Do you have a lawyer? For this imaginary scenario, your lawyer is someone who knows you better than you know yourself. Your lawyer is your conscious. And in this courtroom, your memory will serve as the Prosecution. Would the members of the Jury find us guilty or innocent of being a Christian? And, much more importantly, will they follow in our footsteps,...

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Sunday Morning Meant Going to Church

Those were the days... Sunday morning meant going to Church. Period. There were no alternatives, no deviations, no postponement, no rainchecks. If we were breathing come Sunday morning, it meant we would soon start getting ready to go to Church. We followed this same routine after our son was born. He attended Liturgy, religiously (no pun intended) since his baptism day.  When he started crawling, I would spend most of Liturgy attempting to mollify his burgeoning independence by carrying him lest he escaped and climbed the shallow steps leading to the altar, God forbid!  When he started walking, we spent...

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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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