Faith & Coptic Traditions

Watching “Finding Dory” taught me to stop worrying.

If you are a worrier raise your hand! Once upon a time, there was a mother who claimed to have faith in God, and in His will and mercy. And then, her only child started Summer Camp. For the first time.  Ever.  Subsequently, proverbial Hell broke loose. Doubts and worries replaced Faith, as did flashbacks of every Criminal Minds episode her excellent memory could conjure up. Hours seemed longer than their supposed 60 minutes duration. The clock was consulted every minute and a half until pick up time rolled around. Then again, the pickup ritual started 45 minutes before its...

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Why did I write Philo and SuperHolies?

Why start my publishing journey by writing a story for children? Christian children? My faith, my son and the angels I serve in my Sunday School class. I have been writing since before I can remember. Writing occurs in spite of me; independent of my will. My son, extraordinary in my eyes, has the same ordinary love for superheroes as the average youngster his age. Despite my best efforts, Bible stories could not compete, night after night, with the allure of Spider-Man or Captain America. We would read Moses one night and he would ask for Lightning Mcqueen the following...

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Blessed Fast of the Holy Virgin Saint Mary

The Virgin Mary is celebrated and venerated by different denominations throughout the world. In Egypt, I used to love attending  El Shahr El Maryami (the month of the Virgin Mary). We used to attend the nightly vigils at the Maronite Church in Cairo; an experience that was at once exotic (the Lebanese Arabic dialect differs from the Egyptian one) and yet comforting
( hundreds of faithful chanting praises for the Virgin Mary).

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Sunday School Lesson:Tower of Pride- Also known as Babel

Tower of Babel 101 I had the blessing of teaching a lesson about the Tower of Babel. I must admit, I thought that this lesson would be rather "simple" to prepare and deliver. After all, most of the students in my class ( grade three) must have heard this story at least once, if not more, before. Lesson plan I decided to start the lesson with a little game of "broken telephone" just to illustrate how communication can be difficult sometimes. After a few rounds full of giggles, one of the students automatically made the link between the game and...

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Monkey See; Monkey Read – Inspiring Children to read the Bible

Bed Making Morning Ritual I am not a morning person. In fact, I am in awe of people who greet the morning with eyes wide open and a charming smile. I often think that waking up is an accomplishment in and of itself and any attempt to fake happiness at 6:00 am is an exercise in futility. Having made my peace with the fact that I am a morning grouch, I have, nonetheless, cultivated a morning ritual that helps me cope with the wee morning hours. An important component of this ritual is the making of my bed. With eyes...

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Rent Woes – life with a Coptic Boy

  While driving, on our way to a social, the following conversation ensued as he was reading street signs and Billboards: "Mommy, what does 'a louer' mean?" "It means: available for rent." "What does 'rent' mean?" "It means that you have to pay money to the owner of the building if you want to live in one of the apartments." "What! Does this man not know Jesus? He just wants to get rich?" I guess business-owner/entrepreneur can be eliminated (for now) as career options! Other posts you might enjoy: May the Force be with you Like this post? Please share it...

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