Excerpts from Closing Remarks
Delivered at Young Canadians Peace Dialogue on Sri Lanka
Romesh Hettiarachchi | March 14, 2011
Over the past few months, the Young Canadians Peace Dialogue on Sri Lanka has given participants a greater insight into the opportunities and challenges facing Sri Lanka today. In particular, our last session, “Making Peace Personal” highlighted the importance of possessing a life-long dedication to acheiving a fair and just peace in Sri Lanka.
Today, the Organizers of the Dialogue invite you to share in the same commitment exemplified by our speakers by being part of our legacy project, BuildChange.
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Over the past few years, much ink has spilled regarding the failures of multiculturalism in Canada. Whether it be the reasonable accommodation of Sikhs to wear ceremonial daggers under strict guidelines or the ability for Muslim students to wear the hijab during soccer games, the national conversation regarding the ability for immigrants to integrate into Canada is vociferous, particularly if those immigrants happen to be Muslim. Many concerns of these critics were voiced by British Prime Minister David Cameron, during a much publicized speech delivered to the Munich Security Conference over a month ago.
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H/T Michael Hyatt
May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
So that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them
And turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
Got to love the Franciscans.