Unity through Understanding
Hello, friends. I would like to take a moment to introduce myself, and the intent of this site:
You can find any moment in time to say you began a journey. From the moment we are born, we set out on one continuous journey through our life, until death. If we want to look at the specificity of when I decided to begin this web page, we can choose July 15, 2018 as the date.
I was at a convention for the National Association of Maronites. I did not grow up as a Maronite Catholic, I grew up Roman Catholic. So how did I end up there? I have had a fondness for history, most of my life. As a proud Texan, my early life was spent in learning and loving my great state of Texas. As I branched out my interests, became a soldier, expanded my faith, I grew to learn much more about the world. I learned that at one point, there were five Patriarchs of the Catholic faith, not just the Pope in Rome, and I discovered a Maronite Church in Houston, Texas. I had never heard of them before, but I knew the history of Antioch, and so I was intrigued to learn more.
At this convention, I met many remarkable people, but what most struck me was the opportunity to meet His Excellency, Gabriel Issa, the Lebanese Ambassador to the United States in Washington. During His Excellency’s lecture, he detailed the current state of Lebanon, and called upon the Maronite community to sign up on his website for his Embassy to volunteer. I looked up the site on my phone, and saw that it called upon Lebanese citizens, and people of Lebanese descent to volunteer. I asked H.E. Issa if only people of Lebanese descent were allowed to participate, I being of Mexican-European blend descent. His Excellency paused to consider, and said, “Of course. I don’t think we ever considered someone would want to help who wasn’t Lebanese.”
As a service-minded individual, that comment stuck with me. Why wouldn’t any fellow Christian want to help his neighbor? Why has mankind become so niche in the world, that we can’t band together. Even within an “all-encompassing” Christian community, there is division. Roman vs Eastern, Catholic vs Protestant vs Orthodoxy… it follows down a line.
So how many people, even within the Christian community of Houston, would have known they could meet an ambassador, or a Cardinal, or many wonderful people from around the country?
I would not have known, if I hadn’t begun a personal journey of attempting to learn more about the world, and my place in it. I would like to invite you to walk with me on this journey. As I become more immersed in local, and national events, I will write on what I learn so you can see what hidden gems are out there. Hopefully we can increase our knowledge, and understanding together. You can learn about many wonderful events, conventions, and service opportunities to be a part of, and, ultimately, we can become a more united world under Christ.