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Socialismo la basura que nos tiene a todos así y junto con catolicismo wow que horrenda combinación 

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      Countries were invented that had never existed, carved and chipped off the toppled Turkish and German empires, with handpicked kings and sovereigns put into place who could legally sign lucrative petroleum contracts. Backstage, oil companies got the oil. But the flaccid League of Nations – which never included the United States –proved its utter uselessness during the Hitler regime.
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      About the Author: Edwin Black is the author of several books including “ IBM and the Holocaust” and the initiator of the Covenant of the Democratic Nations effort. For his prior efforts, he has been awarded the Moral Courage Award, the Moral Compass Award, and the Justice for All Award.
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      Image: United Nations Working together to tackle the biggest challenges
      It is evident that we can no longer afford to deal with such challenges in an isolated manner or ignore the full range of their impacts – social, political, environmental and economic. Doing so risks inflaming vicious cycles of conflict. The only way to take on these challenges is by working collectively; either we figure out ways of winning together, or we will all lose together.
      In these complicated times, and in a fraught and shifting geopolitical environment, the United Nations remains the indispensable organization that can bring the world around the table to formulate collective responses to shared challenges. Even as these challenges grow increasingly complex, Member States continue to turn to the UN as the universal forum to build consensus and unity in the face of daunting obstacles. But in order to deliver on its crucial responsibilities in a fast-moving world, the UN as an institution has to evolve. This requires visionary leadership and creativity to adapt the way we think, the way we engage, and the way we work.
      Four priorities for peace and security
      For the UN to take on the global challenges of the 21st century, I believe the next secretary-general should focus on four broad priorities in the field of peace and security.
      First, conflict prevention and strengthened political engagement must be brought to the forefront of the UN’s agenda. This is not a new idea –three major reviews of the UN’s peace and security architecture over the past year have reiterated this point. The UN secretariat needs to be more creative in presenting to the Security Council the full spectrum of instruments we have at our disposal to prevent and de-escalate conflicts, from special envoys, regional political offices and political missions, to peacebuilding support efforts and specialized, interdisciplinary teams that can provide host governments with focused support. The UN should also use its greatest assets – its convening power and legitimacy – to be more active at bringing together stakeholders to negotiate political settlements and resolve conflicts before violence erupts.
      Additionally, we must remember that conflict prevention requires sowing the seeds of long-term peace through development and prosperity. Agenda 2030 highlights the old truth that there is no peace without sustainable development – and no sustainable development without peace.
      A second priority should be promoting full integration of UN system-wide efforts. Too often the UN’s political, developmental and human rights efforts are functioning at cross-purposes. This must stop. The multi-dimensional challenges we face require multi-dimensional thinking and action. We must overcome institutional inertia and instil a culture of systemic collaboration and inter-disciplinary thinking appropriate for the interconnected world we live in. The new secretary-general and their team should find innovative ways of harnessing the full capacities of the UN system, including the agencies, funds and programmes to be able to tackle issues on all fronts. This also requires undertaking renewed efforts to promote better internal governance, transparency and accountability. And we must heed the call from both Member States and UN staff to adapt our bureaucratic processes to be more agile and effective, and better respond to evolving realities in the field.
      Third, the UN must become a better partner. Regional and sub-regional organizations such as the African Union, European Union, Arab League, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and others play a critical role in conflict resolution and prevention. We must recognize that other actors are sometimes better placed to react more rapidly and effectively. In such cases, we should work together with these organizations to identify the ways the UN can best support and enable regional efforts. And our approach should be grounded in a spirit of mutual respect and recognition of comparative advantages.
      Finally, the next secretary-general should redouble diplomatic engagement with Member States, particularly the Security Council, through closer and more regular interaction aimed at finding and expanding points of consensus. While the Council has been criticized for its handling of the Syrian crisis, we must recognize that it found common ground on the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons and on authorizing cross-border humanitarian access. Even in the most seemingly intractable conflicts, there is room for agreement on issues of common interest, and the secretary-general should use their diplomatic arsenal and creativity to facilitate consensus among Member States, even when consensus seems impossible.
      Making the impossible a reality
      Indeed, a universal agreement to combat climate change seemed impossible only a few years ago. But through persistent, hopeful leadership and old-fashioned multilateral diplomacy –the UN’s raison d’être and greatest strength – we were able to make the impossible possible. I am confident that together we can do the same for the multitude of challenges we face today. Billions of people around the world affected by conflict, poverty and hardship are counting on us. We cannot fail them.
      https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/08/these-are-the-big-challenges-awaiting-the-new-un-secretary-general
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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      A Catholic priest has confessed he sexually abused around 20 boys decades ago on the U.S. island of Guam - but was never prosecuted. Other Church members were aware of the situation, but only suggested the priest pray and repent for his sins. 
       
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      By Guest Nicole
      AN UNHOLY row has broken out after the Protestant owner of a Christian bookshop refused to sell a bible to a woman - because she is CATHOLIC.
      Muriel Swan, 61, was told she should “get the Pope to open a few bookshops for her” after she was turned away from The Mustard Seed Christian Bookshop.
      She went to the shop to look for a gift for her eight-year-old grandson Cameron for his first Holy Communion.
      But she was left cross when, she claims, staff told her they didn't stock Catholic literature and goods - despite advertising themselves as a Christian bookshop.
      Mrs Swan blasted the owner of shop in Gedling, Nottingham, for being "anti-Catholic".
      The gran-of-six, a carer from Redhill, Nottingham, said: "We asked the lady in the shop if she had anything for first communion and the reaction we received left us reeling.
      "In this day and age I was left speechless when she said the shop was anti-Catholic.
      "She went almost into a rage, my grandson and daughter in law were upset by this, it was truly awful.
      "I bought two bibles previously from there but when I mentioned buying one for Holy Communion she said we don't stock Catholic items.
      "But a bible is a bible surely.
      "That's not what really upset me though. It was the fact she said the words 'we are anti-Catholic.'
      "It is like saying she is anti-Christ. It was verging on racism.
      "I said 'well you do Confirmation gifts' and she said 'they are Church of England not Catholic.'
      "I couldn't believe my ears, we just left the shop empty-handed and feeling dumbfounded.
      "I've since found out although they are a Protestant shop but they also stock Jewish things too.
      "I have come up against discrimination before but all the time I have lived in England this is the first time anti-Catholicism has reared its ugly head.
      "There were other people in the shop and that made it worse.
      "We just wanted to buy a special Bible."
      The Mustard Seed, which has been running for more than 30 years, describes itself as "Nottingham's only Christian bookshop".
      Defiant owner Chris Stala defended her store and said Muriel should "get the Pope to open a few bookshops for her".
      She added: "We are Protestant, not Catholic.
      "The bottom line is that if you want Catholic things go to a Catholic shop.
      "The complaint is ridiculous and its just logical you won't get Catholic things here.
      "If you want Catholic goods you go to a Catholic store.
      "We are not anti-Catholic anyway. I am a Christian and she is too but we are part of different sects.
      "You would not get Jehovah's Witnesses coming here either.
      "We don't advertise as a Protestant shop but people who come here just know.
      "She should get the Pope to open a few bookshops for her because he has plenty of money."
      The Equality and Human Rights Commission refused to comment on the case as it is a private matter and said it was up to the shop what they sell.
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      In 2001, while he was a cardinal, the pope issued a secret Vatican edict to Catholic bishops all over the world, instructing them to put the Church's interests ahead of child safety.   The document recommended that rather than reporting sexual abuse to the relevant legal authorities, bishops should encourage the victim, witnesses and perpetrator not to talk about it. And, to keep victims quiet, it threatened that if they repeat the allegations they would be excommunicated.
      The main problem here is that the roman catholic "church" is one of the only organizations that has offered peverts of every stripe and pedophiles in particular a career, protection and access to children. Over time this has led to more and more perverts being attracted to the Church.
      "The real problem the Catholic Church faces," explains Father Donald B. Cozzens, author of "The Changing Face of the Priesthood," is the "disproportionate number of gay men that populate our seminaries." "I think we have to ask the question: Why are 90 to 95 – and some estimates say as high as 98 – percent of the victims of clergy acting out against teen-agers, boys? Why isn't there ... a higher percentage of teen-age girls?" Cozzens declared on NBC's Meet the Press recently.
      January 31, 2000 | CNN KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) -- Roman Catholic priests in the United States are dying from AIDS-related illnesses at a rate four times higher than the general population and the cause is often concealed on their death certificates, The Kansas City Star reported in a series of stories that started Sunday.

      WE ARE NOT TALKING NUMBERS, BUT ORDERS FROM THE CATHOLIC ORGANISATION TO COVER UP AND HIDE THEM!
       
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    • Eric Ouellet

      Gardons notre coeur fort dans la foi jusqu'aux jour de Dieu
       
      Imaginez un avion de petite taille pris dans le mauvais temps. Le pilote perd ses repères au sol. Des nuages épais l'environnent, et l'empêchent de voir plus loin que son pare-brise. Pourtant, il est certain arriver à bon port. Pourquoi est-il si confiant?
      Grâce à la précision de ses instruments de bord, il est en mesure de naviguer au travers des nuages ou d'atterrir dans l'obscurité. Sur sa route, et surtout à l'approche de l'aérodrome, des balises électroniques le guident, et il reste en contact radio avec la tour de contrôle.
      De façon assez similaire, nous pouvons regarder l'avenir avec confiance, quand bien même les conditions mondiales s'assombrissent de jour en jour. Notre vol à travers le système corrompu de ce monde est plus long que prévu, mais nous pouvons être sûr de nous trouver sur la bonne voie et d'arriver en temps et en heure qui nous aie prévu. Si nous en sommes persuadés, c'est par ce que les conseils que nous recevons nous donnent une vue ensemble plus perçante que l'oeil humain.
      La paroles de Dieu est une lumière pour notre sentier, et elle est digne de foi, rendant sage l'inexpérimenté. (Psaumes 19:17 ; 119:105)
      Telle une balise qui indique au pilote la bonne trajectoire, la bible nous expose ce que l'avenir nous réserve et nous fournit des instructions claires pour nous mener à la bonne destination. Mais cette direction divine ne nous sera profitable que si nous nous montrons confiants.
      Dans sa lettre aux hébreux, Paul a exhorté les chrétiens d'origine juive à retenir ferme jusqu'à la fin la confiance qu'ils avaient eu au commencement de leur apprentissage . (Hébreux 3:14) Si elle n'est pas maintenue ferme, notre confiance peut être ébranlée. Comment garder confiance en Jéhovah jusqu'à la fin?
      Cultivons notre foi
      Si un pilote est capable de naviguer sans visibilité, avec seulement les recours de ses instruments de bord et en contact radio, c'est parce qu'il a derrière lui une formation adapté à toutes situations et sa formation spéciale de départ qui fut sur de longue période d'heure de vol de pratique et former par des hommes expériences à ses côtés. De même un serviteur de Dieu à constamment besoin d'exercer sa foi de manière à garder confiance dans les direction de Jéhovah, surtout si les circonstances deviennent difficiles. L'apôtres Paul a écrit: " Parce que nous avons ce même esprit de foi que celui dont il est écrit:" J'ai exercé la foi, c'est pourquoi j'ai parlé; donc, nous exerçons la foi, c'est pourquoi nous parlons. (2Corinthiens 4:13). Ainsi en parlant autour de nous de la bonne nouvelles que Dieu nous a donné, nous exerçons notre foi véritable et nous l'affermissons.
      Voici une belle expérience de foi au temps de la seconde guerre mondiale.
      Magdalena, qui a passé quatre ans dans un camp concentration pendant la seconde guerre mondiale, sait l'importance de la prédication. " Maman m'a appris que pour garder une foi forte , dit-elle, il faut absolument s'intéresser au bien être spirituel des gens. Pour vous donner une idée, je me souviens de notre sortie du camp de Ravensbrück. Nous sommes arrivées chez nous un vendredi, physiquement exténuées. Eh bien, figurez vous que deux jour plus tard, le dimanche, nous sommes allées prêcher de maison en maison avec nos frères et soeurs. Je suis sûr d'une chose: quand on s'efforce d'aider les autres à voir confiance dans les promesse de Dieu, ces promesses deviennent plus réelles pour nous." (Actes 5:42) 
      Pour garder une confiance ferme et inébranlable jusqu'à la fin, il faut s'investir dans d'autres activités spirituelles. L'étude individuelle est une source de force car elle nous aide à puiser en profondeur l'essence de notre foi et Jéhovah nous transmet cette foi quand nous le faisons avec joie véritable venant d'un coeur entier. Imitons l'exemple de Béreens en examinant minutieusement les Écritures chaque jour. Cela nous aidera à "avoir la pleine certitude de l'espérance dans les moments difficiles et nous guidera vers une santé pour passer les tribulations avenir jusqu'à la fin."( Hébreux 6:11 ; Actes 17:11) L'étude individuelle, il est vrai que cela demande du temps et de la volonté.
      En gardant un rythme soutenu à cette volonté, nous seront des imitateurs de ceux qui, grâce à la foi et à la patience, hériteront de la promesse de notre Créateur Jéhovah.
      Confiant et bâtissons notre expérience 
      Évidemment, la confiance d'un pilote en ses intruments ne tient pas uniquement à la formation reçue. Elle est dictée par l'expérience. De même, notre confiance en Jéhovah grandit quand nous constatons dans notre vie qu'il se soucie de nous avec amour. C'est parce qu'il en avait fait l'expérience que Josué a pu rapeller ceci aux Israélites: Vous savez bien de tout votre coeur et de tout âme que pas une parole n'a faillit de toutes les bonnes paroles que vous a dites Jéhovah votre Dieu. Toutes se sont réalisées pour vous.-(Josué23:14). Jéhovah nous guide toujours dans le bonne direction.
      Les mauvaises compagnies peuvent nous faire dévier du droit chemin
      Sous l'effet du vent, un avion de petite taille peut facilement dévier si sa trajectoire n'est pas corrigée. De même, les chrétiens d'aujourd'hui subissent constamment des influences extérieures. Nous vivons dans un monde aux pensées charnelles, où les valeurs spirituelles sont facilement tournées en ridicule, et où l'argent et les plaisirs sont largement mis en avant scène. Paul à fait savoir à Timothé que les derniers jours seraient "difficiles à supporter"(2Timothé 3:1-5) Le monde actuel souhaitent être acceptés et bien en vus, les adolescents se laissent particulièrement influencer par les mauvaises compagnies. (2Timothé 2:22)
      Quel que soit notre âge, nous côtoyons forcément des gens qui critiquent nos croyances. D'aucun trouveront à leur réflexion une certaine finesse, mais aux yeux de Dieu elles sont physique et non spirituelles (1 Corinthiens 2:14) Aux jours de Paul, les sceptiques, des philosophes imprégnés de la sagesse propre au monde, propageaient des enseignements qui ont peut être amené certains serviteurs de Corinthe à perdre la foi en la résurrection. (1 Corinthiens 15:12) "Ne vous laissez pas tromper. Les mauvaises fréquentation font perdre les bonne habitudes." ( 1 Corinthiens 15:33) 
      À l'inverse, les bonnes compagnies nous affermissent sur le plan spirituel. Dans l'assemblée chrétienne, nous sommes à même de côtoyer des personnes qui vivent leur foi. Cela est essentiel à notre cheminement et garde notre relation avec Dieu de manière ordonnée et privilégie une relation d'amitié avec Dieu constante et forte.
      Foi et condition de coeur qui approuve nos valeurs chrétienne 
      Pour que la confiance en Jéhovah s’installe en nous, il est important que notre cœur soit touché. Certes, “ la foi est l’attente assurée de choses qu’on espère, la démonstration évidente [ou “ preuve convaincante ”, note] de réalités que pourtant on ne voit pas ”. (Hébreux 11:1.) Toutefois, nous ne serons convaincus qu’à condition d’y mettre notre cœur (Proverbes 18:15 ; Matthieu 5:6). C’est la raison pour laquelle l’apôtre Paul a dit que “ la foi n’est pas le bien de tous ”. — 2 Thessaloniciens 3:2.
      Comment rester réceptifs à toutes les preuves convaincantes dont nous disposons ? En cultivant les qualités spirituelles, qualités qui enrichissent et stimulent la foi. Pierre nous exhorte à ‘ fournir à notre foi la vertu, la connaissance, la maîtrise de soi, l’endurance, l’attachement à Dieu, l’affection fraternelle et l’amour ’. (2 Pierre 1:5-7 ; Galates 5:22, 23.) En revanche, si nous sommes égocentriques ou si notre service pour Jéhovah n’est que symbolique, est-il bien raisonnable de croire que notre foi grandira ?
      Avant de lire la Parole de Jéhovah et afin de la mettre en pratique, Ezra “ avait préparé son cœur ”. (Ezra 7:10.) Mika, lui aussi, a montré que son cœur était touché : “ Mais pour moi, c’est Jéhovah que je guetterai. Je veux rester dans l’attente du Dieu de mon salut. Mon Dieu m’entendra. ” — Mika 7:7.
      C’est avec la même patience que Magdalena, déjà citée, attend Jéhovah (Habaqouq 2:3). “ Nous avons déjà le paradis spirituel, dit-elle. La prochaine étape, le Paradis terrestre, viendra en son temps. En attendant, des centaines de milliers de personnes s’ajoutent à la grande foule. C’est merveilleux de voir tant de gens rejoindre l’organisation de Dieu. ”
      Regardons vers le Dieu de notre salut
      Pour garder fermement confiance jusqu’à la fin, il faut exercer notre foi et écouter attentivement les conseils que Jéhovah et son organisation nous donnent. Cela en vaut vraiment la peine. Quelle satisfaction pour un pilote, au terme d’un vol long et pénible, de redescendre et de sortir enfin de la masse nuageuse ! Devant nous se déroule une campagne verte et hospitalière. La piste de l’aérodrome est là, au-dessous, prête à l’accueillir.
      Des moments exaltants nous attendent, nous aussi. Notre monde sinistre, mauvais, fera place à une nouvelle terre de justice. Un magnifique accueil nous sera réservé. Nous pourrons arriver à bon port si nous suivons les paroles du psalmiste : “ Tu es mon espoir, ô Souverain Seigneur Jéhovah, ma confiance depuis ma jeunesse. (...) En toi est ma louange, constamment. ” — Psaume 71:5, 6.
      Cultivons la foi qui surpasse toutes pensées.

       
       

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    • Eric Ouellet

      LA DOUCEUR UN PRÉMICE EN NOTRE ÊTRE POUR RÉSISTER CONTRE TOUTES ÉPREUVES
       
      DEVONS-NOUS faire face à des changements en ce moment ? AVONS-NOUS du mal à les accepter ? La plupart d’entre nous ont vécu ou vivront des changements. Des exemples de serviteurs du passé peuvent nous aider à identifier des qualités qui nous seront utiles.

      Prenons l'exemple de David, qui a dû faire face à de nombreux changements. Il était un jeune berger quand Samuel l’a oint comme futur roi. Alors qu’il n’était qu’un garçon, il s’est porté volontaire pour combattre le géant philistin Goliath (1 Sam. 17:26-32, 42). Le jeune David a été invité à vivre à la cour du roi Saül et a été nommé chef de l’armée. David n’aurait jamais pu imaginer tous ces changements, ni ce qui allait se produire après.
      Les relations entre David et Saül sont devenues extrêmement tendues (1 Sam. 18:8, 9 ; 19:9, 10). Pour échapper à la mort, David a été obligé de vivre plusieurs années en fugitif. Même durant son règne sur Israël, sa situation a radicalement changé, surtout après qu’il a commis l’adultère et, pour tenter de couvrir son péché, il commit un meurtre par sa décision de mettre son grand guerrier en avant de l'affront, pour avoir sa femme et camouflé son action grave. À cause de ses fautes, il a subi des malheurs dans sa famille, tels que la rébellion de son fils Absalom (2 Sam. 12:10-12 ; 15:1-14). Néanmoins, après s’être repenti, il a été pardonné par Jéhovah et a retrouvé sa faveur auprès de Dieu.
      Notre situation aussi peut changer. Des problèmes de santé, financiers ou familiaux — ou même nos propres actions — entraînent des changements dans notre vie. Quelles qualités nous aideront à être mieux préparés à les affronter ?
      Le rôle de l’humilité
      L’humilité implique d’être disposé à se soumettre. La vraie humilité nous permet de nous voir comme nous sommes réellement et de voir les autres comme ils sont. En ne minimisant pas les qualités et les réussites des autres, nous apprécierons davantage leur personnalité et leurs actions. En outre, l’humilité nous aide à comprendre pourquoi une situation survient et à y faire face.
      Jonathân, le fils de Saül, est un bon exemple sous ce rapport. Des événements dont il n’était pas maître ont changé sa vie. Lorsque Samuel a annoncé à Saül que Jéhovah lui enlèverait le royaume, il n’a pas dit que Jonathân le remplacerait (1 Sam. 15:28 ; 16:1, 12, 13). Le choix de Dieu de faire de David le prochain roi d’Israël écartait Jonathân DE CETTE FONCTION ROYAL. La désobéissance de Saül a eu, d’une certaine manière, un effet négatif sur son fils. Même s’il ne portait aucune responsabilité, Jonathân ne succéderait pas à son père (1 Sam. 20:30, 31). Comment a-t-il réagi ? A-t-il gardé du ressentiment en raison de cette occasion manquée, devenant jaloux de David ? Non. Même s’il était bien plus âgé et plus expérimenté, il a fidèlement soutenu David (1 Sam. 23:16-18). L’humilité l’a aidé à voir qu'il avait la bénédiction divine ; il ne pensait pas de lui-même plus qu’il ne fallait penser ’. (Rom. 12:3.) Il a compris ce que Jéhovah attendait de lui et a accepté, La décision de Jéhovah.
      Évidemment, nombre de changements engendrent des difficultés. À un certain point, Jonathân était en relation avec deux hommes proches de lui. L’un était son ami David, le futur roi désigné par Jéhovah. L’autre était son père Saül, qui avait été rejeté par Jéhovah mais qui régnait encore sur Israël. S’efforcer de garder la faveur divine dans ces conditions a dû occasionner à Yonathân une tension émotionnelle. Les changements que nous vivons peuvent nous causer de l’inquiétude et de la crainte intérieure. Mais si nous essayons de comprendre le point de vue de Jéhovah, nous serons en mesure de continuer à le servir fidèlement tout en affrontant ces changements.
      L’importance de la modestie
      La modestie implique d’être conscient de ses limites. Il ne faut pas confondre modestie et humilité. Une personne humble n’a pas forcément une pleine conscience de ses limites.
      David était modeste. Même si Jéhovah l’avait choisi pour être roi, il a dû attendre des années avant de monter sur le trône. La Bible ne dit pas qu’il a reçu une explication de la part de Jéhovah pour ce retard apparent. Cependant, la situation, qui aurait pu le contrarier, ne l’a pas perturbé. Il était conscient de ses limites et comprenait que Jéhovah, qui permettait cela, maîtriserait les choses en temps et lieux. Ainsi, même pour sauver sa propre vie, il n’a pas voulu tuer Saül, et il a empêché son compagnon Abishaï de le faire. — 1 Sam. 26:6-9.
      Il peut se produire dans notre assemblée  une situation que nous ne comprenons pas ou qui, à notre avis, n’est pas gérée de la manière la plus conforme ou la plus organisée. Reconnaîtrons-nous modestement que Jésus est le Chef de l'assemblée et qu’il agit par le moyen du collège des anciens établi à notre tête ? Serons-nous modestes, sachant que, pour conserver sa faveur, nous devons attendre que Jéhovah dirige les choses par Jésus Christ ? Attendrons-nous avec modestie, même si c’est difficile ? — Prov. 11:2.
      La douceur de caractère aide à être positif
      La douceur est liée à l’humilité et à la modestie, mais elle englobe également la bonté de coeur. Bien qu’elle soit difficile à acquérir, nous devrions nous efforcer de la cultiver. La Bible déclare en effet que les doux de caractère hériteront de la terre . (Mat. 5:5.) Une personne douce de caractère peut croître spirituellement, car elle se laisse enseigner, modeler et guider par Jéhovah en suivant les pas de Jésus Christ notre modèle par excellence.
      Comment la douceur de caractère peut-elle nous aider à nous adapter à de nouvelles étapes de notre vie ? Nous avons probablement constaté que beaucoup ont tendance à voir les changements de manière négative. En réalité, ceux-ci peuvent se révéler des occasions d’être davantage formés par Jéhovah. C’est ce qui ressort de la vie de Moïse.
      À 40 ans, Moïse possédait déjà d’excellentes qualités. Il s’était montré sensible aux besoins du peuple de Dieu et avait manifesté l’esprit de sacrifice (Héb. 11:24-26). Toutefois, avant que Jéhovah lui demande de faire sortir Israël d’Égypte, il a dû passer par des changements qui ont affiné sa douceur de caractère. Il a fallu qu’il s’enfuie d’Égypte, et qu’il vive en Madiân pendant 40 ans, travaillant dans l’ombre comme simple berger. Quel a été le résultat ? Ce changement l’a rendu meilleur (Nomb. 12:3). Il a appris à faire passer les intérêts spirituels avant les siens.
      Pour illustrer la douceur de caractère de Moïse, examinons ce qui est arrivé lorsque Jéhovah a déclaré qu’il voulait rejeter le peuple désobéissant et faire des descendants du prophète une nation puissante (Nomb. 14:11-20). Moïse a intercédé en faveur du peuple. Ses paroles montrent que ce qui lui tenait à cœur, c’était la réputation de Dieu et le bien de ses frères, non ses propres intérêts. Il fallait quelqu’un de doux pour assumer son rôle de chef et de médiateur. Miriam et Aaron ont murmuré contre lui ; pourtant, Moïse était “ de beaucoup le plus doux de caractère de tous les hommes ”, précise la Bible (Nomb. 12:1-3, note, 9-15). Il semble qu’il a supporté leurs critiques avec douceur. Comment les choses auraient-elles tourné s’il n’avait pas été doux de caractère ?
      Une autre fois, l’esprit de Jéhovah s’est posé sur certains hommes, les faisant prophétiser. Josué, l’assistant de Moïse, a eu le sentiment que ces Israélites agissaient mal. Étant doux de caractère, Moïse, lui, a vu les choses comme Jéhovah les voyait, et n’a pas eu peur de perdre son autorité (Nomb. 11:26-29). S’il n’avait pas été doux de caractère, aurait-il accepté cette nouvelle disposition de Jéhovah ?
      La douceur de caractère a permis à Moïse d’exercer correctement la grande autorité et le rôle que Dieu lui avait confiés. En effet, Jéhovah l’avait invité à monter sur le mont Horeb et à représenter le peuple. Il lui avait parlé par un ange et l’avait nommé médiateur de l’alliance. La douceur de caractère de Moïse l’a aidé à accepter ce changement important et à demeurer dans la faveur immérité de Dieu.
      Et nous ? La douceur de caractère est indispensable à notre croissance spirituelle. Tous ceux qui ont reçu des responsabilités et une certaine autorité au sein du peuple de Dieu doivent la manifester. Une telle douceur nous empêche d’agir avec orgueil face aux changements et nous permet de les gérer avec le bon état d’esprit. Notre réaction est importante. Accepterons-nous le changement ? Le considérerons-nous comme une occasion de nous améliorer ? Ce pourrait être une occasion unique de cultiver la douceur !
      Nous devrons toujours faire face à des changements dans notre vie. Parfois, il n’est pas facile de comprendre pourquoi un événement se produit. À cause de nos limites et du stress, nous pouvons avoir du mal à garder une vision spirituelle des choses. Cependant, des qualités comme l’humilité, la modestie et la douceur de caractère nous aideront à accepter les changements et à demeurer dans la faveur immérité de Dieu. La douceur triomphe devant toutes épreuves.

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    • Eric Ouellet

      Je te louerai de tout mon cœur.
      À la face d’autres dieux,
      je te chanterai des louanges.
      Je me prosternerai vers ton saint temple
      et je louerai ton nom
      en raison de ta bonté et de ta fidélité.
      Car tu as élevé ta parole et ton nom au-dessus de toute autre chose.
      Le jour où j’ai appelé, tu m’as répondu;
      tu m’as rendu courageux et fort.
      Tous les rois de la terre te loueront, ô Jéhovah,
      car ils auront entendu les promesses que tu as faites.
      Ils chanteront au sujet des manières d’agir de Jéhovah,
      car la gloire de Jéhovah est grande.
      Bien qu’il soit élevé, Jéhovah remarque les humbles;
      mais les orgueilleux, il les connaît seulement de loin.
      Même quand je marche au milieu du danger, tu me gardes en vie.
      Tu tends la main contre la colère de mes ennemis ;
      ta main droite me sauve.
      Jéhovah réalisera toutes ses intentions en ma faveur.
      Ô Jéhovah, ton amour fidèle est éternel;
      n’abandonne pas les œuvres de tes mains.
      Ô Jéhovah, tu me scrutes et tu me connais.
      Tu sais quand je m’assieds et quand je me lève.
      De loin, tu discernes mes pensées.
      Tu m’observes quand je voyage et quand je m’allonge ;
      tous mes chemins te sont familiers.
      Avant même qu’une parole soit sur ma langue,
      vois, ô Jéhovah, tu la connais déjà entièrement.
      Derrière moi et devant moi, tu m’entoures ;
      et tu poses ta main sur moi.
      Une telle connaissance dépasse ma compréhension.
      Elle est trop élevée pour que je l’atteigne.
      Où puis-je échapper à ton esprit,
      et où puis-je fuir loin de ta face?
      Si je montais au ciel, tu serais là,
      et si je faisais mon lit dans la Tombe, vois, tu serais là.
      Si je m’envolais avec les ailes de l’aurore
      pour résider près de la mer la plus lointaine,
      même là, ta main me conduirait,
      ta main droite me saisirait.
      Si je disais : « À coup sûr, les ténèbres me dissimuleront ! »,
      alors, autour de moi, la nuit deviendrait lumière.
      Même les ténèbres ne seraient pas trop ténébreuses pour toi,
      mais la nuit serait aussi lumineuse que le jour.
      Pour toi, les ténèbres sont pareilles à la lumière.
      C’est toi qui as produit mes reins,
      qui m’as abrité dans le ventre de ma mère.
      Je te loue en voyant de quelle
      manière redoutable et merveilleuse
      je suis fait.
      Tes œuvres sont prodigieuses,
      je le sais parfaitement.
      Mes os ne t’ont pas été cachés
      lorsque j’ai été fait dans le secret,
      lorsque j’ai été tissé dans les profondeurs de la terre.
      Tes yeux m’ont vu alors que je n’étais qu’un embryon ;
      toutes ses parties étaient inscrites dans ton livre
      en rapport avec les jours de leur formation,
      avant qu’une seule d’entre elles existe.
      Combien donc tes pensées me sont précieuses !
      Ô Dieu, comme la somme en est immense !
      Comment pourrais-je les compter ? 
      Elles sont plus nombreuses que les grains de sable!
      À mon réveil, je suis toujours avec toi.
      Ô Dieu, si seulement tu tuais les méchants !
      Alors les hommes violents s’écarteraient de moi,
      ceux qui disent des choses contre toi dans une intention mauvaise ;
      ils sont tes adversaires, qui utilisent ton nom de manière indigne.
      N’ai-je pas de la haine pour ceux qui te haïssent, ô Jéhovah,
      et du dégoût pour ceux qui se révoltent contre toi?
      Je n’ai que de la haine pour eux ;
      ils sont devenus pour moi de véritables ennemis.
      Scrute-moi, ô Dieu, et connais mon cœur.
      Examine-moi, et connais mes préoccupations.
      Vois s’il y a en moi quelque tendance nuisible,
      et conduis-moi sur le chemin de l’éternité.

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