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The president of Europe.

From Brother Van Rentergham

Recently I read the article "Meet the President of Europe. Imposed, not elected" (January 2010 issue). I was slightly surprised by more than one statement of Paul Belien, the author. Especially when he states that there is no such thing as Belgian patriotism. I was born and raised in a small and enchanting village in Belgium as a member of a fervent Catholic family, of 7 children. In my youth I was a member of the Scouts, played basketball in competition for more than 10 years, attended college, participated in several out of school activities, and terminated and concluded successfully my college studies. Today I'm 22 years old, and when I look back I can't remember of having met, in the variety of activities, one person who wasn't proud of being a Belgian, who didn't have a strong love for his/her country. Our nation is maybe rather "reserved" compared to, for example, the Italians or the Dutch in their expression of patriotic love. But the fact that it isn't written on our forehead, doesn't mean that we don't have a profound bond with this land on which we made our first steps.

Certainly, we are in trouble these days, but I do not feel any affiliation with the politicians who are far from understanding that there is only one constitution made to endure : the 10 commandments. And that there is only one true King: Jesus Christ.

Oostende, Belgium

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Author:Rentergham, Van
Publication:Catholic Insight
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Oct 1, 2010
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