Thu, Jul 02 | on Zoom

A Reflection on Current Events in Light of Scripture

Our distinguished speaker Dr. Michael Joseph Mouawad will reflect on the events of our times (pandemic, riots, etc.) in light of the Scripture and try to understand what the Lord is whispering to us, the same Lord whom the great prophet Isaiah found in a still, small voice. (1 Kings 19:12).
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A Reflection on Current Events in Light of Scripture

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Jul 02, 2020, 12:30 PM
on Zoom

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A Reflection on Current Events in Light of Scripture

"He also said to the multitudes, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, 'A shower is coming'; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, 'There will be scorching heat'; and it happens.  You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky; but why do you not know how to interpret the present time? "And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?" Luke 12:55-57

"But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart." Luke 2:19

If God is Divine Intellect, and if he created an intelligible universe in harmony with the created intellect of human beings, it stands to reason that current events, large and small, serve as signs meant for our edification and consolation. If God is the Perennial Divine Presence, more present to our souls that we are to ourselves, does it not stand to reason that He, who knows the precise number of the hair on our heads, Has made provisions to help us get home?

To interpret the signs of the times is to understand the Divine Pedagogy, the way in which God, who anticipates us by his grace, leads us to him. In the Scriptures, he gave us a sure guide to help us along the way, and in the Magesterium and teaching office of the Catholic Church, he gave us an infallible interpreter of that guide. Equipped with this knowledge, how do we understand the current situation? 

In this talk, we will reflect and ponder the events of our times in light of the Scripture and try to understand what the Lord is whispering to us, the same Lord whom the great prophet Isaiah found in a still, small voice (1 Kings19:12).

Biography

Born in Lebanon, Michael Joseph Mouawad is a Maronite who left Lebanon to Paris during the Lebanese civil war and then immigrated to Montréal Canada where he obtained his Masters in Computer Science. In 1996, he completed a Ph.D. in Computational Geometry and Graph Theory and moved to San Diego California where he worked for Catholic Answers. His growing family (he is the father of seven children) compelled him to move on and he is currently a Vice President and Lead Software Architect at the Capital Group Companies, the Investment company that manages American Funds and Washington Mutuals among other offerings.

 

Michael taught Scripture at his parish, Saint Ephrem, for fifteen years. His website (www.qorbono.com) is a testament to the detailed and thorough studies of Old and New Testament books. Since then, he started publishing The Epic of Ahiram, a High Fantasy heroic adventure that explores fundamental Catholic concepts such as grace, blessing, curses, transubstantiation, among others. Cast in a world of magic, the nine-book story is meant to attract Catholic and non-Catholic readers alike. While publishing the Epic, Michael has been deepening his understanding of Grace, the theology of Saint Thomas, Quantum Field Theory and Logic in an attempt to bring the teachings of Saint Thomas into the modern world.

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