What makes us human? Is it the instinct of survival only, or is there much more than that? Is compassion for the suffering of others more important than our own life experience? When we need help, is anybody there to offer a helping hand, or will they take advantage of tha moment of weakness to distance themselves from you? Are our expectations from people we think we know more than they are ready and able to give? To Give: four letter word that carries so much power, is one of the most important verbs in human life. It has so many meanings, it is used so widely one can only imagine the meanings of the word: Please check the dictionary if you think that I exaggerate:
1. To make a present of: We gave her flowers for her birthday.
Some cultures still don’t have the notion of to have, having, owning: For them to give is still the verb to describe sharing with the community, as giving is all they own.
The story of this family made me think more about the courage it takes being a human, with responsibilities to others, important enough to ask for understanding and help when everything seems hopelessly terminal.
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The Cathedral of St. Francis Xavier (French: Cathédrale Saint-François-Xavier) is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada. It is located at 514 rue Racine Est, overlooking the old port area of the town.
The current structure is the fourth church to occupy this site and the third to serve as cathedral for the diocese.
The first cathedral was destroyed by fire June 24, 1912 and the second January 16, 1919. The new church was opened in 1922 and was designed by architects Rene-P. Lemay, Armand Gravel and Alfred Lamontagne in the Renaissance revival style: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Fran%C3%A7ois-Xavier_Cathedral)
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring , J S Bach
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring
Holy wisdom, love most bright
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light
Word of God, our flesh that fashioned
With the fire of life impassioned
Striving still to truth unknown
Soaring, dying round Thy throne