Norbert Piché

Norbert Piché is the Directeur national Service jésuite des réfugiés - Country Director Jesuit Refugee Service – Canada


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    "I started to think about the Prodigal Son Parable.  Of all of Jesus’ parables, this one has always spoken to me the most.  Not because of the prodigal son, but rather the older son.  The one who is resentful.  The one who has obeyed his father throughout his life.  Obeyed, not out of love; obeyed out of a sense of duty and obligation. "...

    "When arriving in our Western countries, refugee claimants ask for our help.  We don’t want to give our help because we will have to invest time and money.  It is time to really look in the mirror and admit it:  We are selfish."...

    ". . . when we fight for justice and peace, there will be consequences.  If we do it violently, as mentioned beforehand, we become as our oppressor.  But if we do it non-violently, we risk not only building a more democratic society, but we also risk changing many hearts, including those of our enemies. "...

    “Give somebody a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach him how to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime”.  A Jesuit friend of mine added a twist to that by saying “And what if the fish are poisoned and you find out that there is a factory upstream that is polluting the water”....

    " . . it is in these “God Encounters” that the integration works both ways.  The other transforms you as you transform him."...

    "Fear is a very powerful emotion.  Many have stated that hate is not the opposite of love; fear is.  Why do we fear?  More to the point, why do we fear the stranger?"...

    "The present situation invites us to return to the foundation of our common humanity and to the essential links of solidarity that create societal ties."...

    As we recall today the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, we also call to mind the entry of the 25,000 refugees who have entered Canada over the last few months and who no longer live in fear and hardship....

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