Early Valentine...

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Early Valentine...

By Fr. Rif'at Bader

Joury Jibreen, a seven-year-old girl, having heard about a center hosting displaced brethren from Iraq including children, she rushed holding firmly a small bag. She wanted to present gifts to the children from her dearest possessions: three red bears with inscriptions "I miss you", "I love you", and "Take care.'' This "red rose" insisted that she present the gifts in person. So, her parents and I accompanied her to the center located at the Latin Church in Naour. She then presented each of three little girl of her age with one of the bears that have the said inscriptions.

A simple event does have profound significances. The first significance of these Valentine gifts is that "good deeds still prevail in our world." This little girl is a reflection of this great nation with its leadership, people, the beauty of nature, and the blessed river. This homeland has opted to undertake the difficult choice, namely to receive with open arms whoever seeks to take refuge regardless of the number of the displaced or refugees who came to Jordan over the past decades. What is important is that this secure and stable country, due to God's care and the wisdom of its leadership, chose to be the first to open its doors wide.

Secondly, "Joury" reflects the education she received from home and school as well as the religious education that instilled in her love, altruism in addition to carrying out voluntary and non-curricular activities that can paint smiles on the faces of the "disadvantaged". These humane initiatives and deeds remain within children until they grow up to become upscale initiatives that serve community or rather humanity.

Recently, Arab world television stations have been rife with programmes that run live competitions with the purpose of selecting future stars and singers. This is fine as it is considered a means to produce upscale and authentic art. Yet, what is most important is to provide the optimum environment to our children to make sacrifices and love others since stardom is not merely confined to costly theaters as any child with the same age of "Joury" become a star in altruism with no consideration for racial discrimination or others.

The Joury initiative is a small reflection of His Majesty the King Abdullah's recent Speech from the Throne which calls for "peace, tolerance, moderation, acceptance of the other and respect for the rights of all to live in peace and dignity, regardless of color, gender, religion or belief."

He who said that "love has no limits" merely told the truth.

Thank you Joury for this early Valentine's gift ...

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