Oct 9, First Day of School

In a show of solidarity, all of Lebanon started official teaching yesterday, Oct 9.

I started my official classes – as a teacher – yesterday.

Before entering the school courtyard at 7:15 in the morning I saw a homeless sleeping on the doorsteps of a church on Makhoul St, in Beirut.

While returning home around 5 PM, I met another homeless picking up and eating grapes from the trash cans facing the Picadilly, Hamra St, Beirut.

This is not my Lebanon?!

One comment

  1. pierre/candide's notebooks · · Reply

    October 9. Isn’t that the day St. Charbel was canonized in, what, 1977? I remember watching the ceremony from Rome on lebanese TV, live (and getting all excited when a friend from my village, who was studying to be a priest in Rome, appeared briefly on screen, doing his part in the ceremony: Father Tony Rahi to be precise). “May he make us understand,” Pope Paul VI said, “in a world largely fascinated by wealth and comfort, the paramount value of poverty, penance and asceticism, to liberate the soul in its ascent to God.” What you witnessed on your way to and from school isn’t Charbel’s Lebanon either. But then, my dear Moussa, I arrived in the United States in 1979, and these days almost everywhere I turn, every day, I tell myself: This isn’t the America I came to, the America I knew and loved. There are connections here: when men of ill will lead the world, sickening consequences circle the globe.

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