FaithLifestyleLocalNews Mary in Advent by: – December 19, 2011 Sharing is caring! Photo credit: imageandspirit.blogspot.comThe fourth Sunday of Advent is devoted to Mary, and the Gospel reading is the account of the birth of Jesus in either Luke or Matthew. It often strikes people as strange that we should read the account of the birth of Jesus before we actually celebrate Christmas. Why can’t we wait?The question really misunderstands the meaning of the liturgy of major feasts. Liturgy on our major feast days is essentially a matter of memorial, not of re-enactment. We do not re-enact the birth of Jesus at Christmas time, just as we don’t re-enact the Crucifixion, or the Resurrection or the sending of the Spirit, when their turn comes around. Every time we celebrate them, we are engaged in a communal (and personal) act of memorial. We recall them and reflect on how life and history (our lives too, and our personal histories) have been shaped by them. We remember to review; we do not re-enact.So we remember Mary’s role in the birth of Jesus even before we commemorate the latter, for the obvious reason that her story preceded his. Every son implies a mother. Of all the titles we have ascribed to Mary, in fact, none is more significant than ‘Mother of God.’ The title, however, needs to be carefully understood. Mary is not mother of God the Father or God the Holy Spirit; she is mother of God the Son, the God who became flesh. That’s what her title means. Furthermore, “mother of God” does not mean, indeed has never meant, “spouse of the Holy Spirit,” as some people erroneously say these days. The Holy Spirit has no “spouse.” The only divine person with human definition is God the Son, the man who was born of Mary. If we ask why God became flesh (so that a mother was necessary), the only answer is that it was something God chose to do. God became flesh, says St. John, because God so loved the world. The birth of Jesus, in other words, occurred through God’s solidarity with and for us, and with and for the whole of creation. The need for a human mother also means that the Incarnation involved two miracles, one of a far higher order than the other, of course, but two miracles none the less. The first was the choice God made to become flesh; the second was the human cooperation required before that could occur. One of Hilaire Belloc’s poems contains the beautiful verse: “Of Courtesy, it is much less/Than Courage of Heart or Holiness/Yet in my Walks it seems to me/That the Grace of God is in Courtesy.” The Incarnation connotes many deep things, but I have always felt one of the things it shows, as Belloc wrote, is the miracle of divine courtesy. God is courteous before creatures. He never comes unless invited. So he came at Mary’s welcome, and he will keep coming at ours.Another feature of the birth of the Son is its character as a virgin birth. This is one of the foundation doctrines of Christianity, even as it has always seemed to strain credulity. I am not sure where one draws the line in determining what miracles regarding Jesus one finds more feasible to accept and what miracles one doesn’t. Thomas Jefferson, for example, cut out of his bible all of Jesus’ miracles. This makes sense to me. What we should remember perhaps is that the real miracle is not the manner but the fact of Jesus’ birth. One can spend a lot of time in perplexity of the one and in the process quite forget the other.A metaphorical meaning of ‘virgin birth’ is also important in its own right. A ‘virgin birth’ means that that when God is born in the world or in anybody’s heart or life, it is always a birth “not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (Jn. 1:13).” Only God makes God possible. All that we can do is what John the Baptist did: we prepare the way. God comes when God comes.Mary is finally also there for our imitation in giving birth to Jesus ourselves. We have to consent to the pain of that process in many areas of life and ministry. Nothing of value ever comes easily, and the same is true of the values of Jesus. His values too always involve a process of parturition, the pain of giving them birth. There’s an ‘imitation of Christ,’ as the title of Thomas a Kempis’ classic has it, but there is, one should note, at no great or distant remove, also an imitation of Mary.By: Father Henry Charles PhD. Share 47 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share
Share Prime Minister Kamla Persad-BissessarPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — In a statement to parliament on Wednesday, Trinidad and Tobago prime minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, said her government would submit legislation to parliament to abolish appeals to the London-based Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, the final court of appeal for many former and current British territories in the Caribbean. Appeals in criminal cases will now be heard by the Port of Spain-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the final court of appeal for just three Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries – Barbados, Belize and Guyana.The jurisdiction of the Privy Council in criminal appeals is “a matter of grave concern”, Persad-Bissessar told parliament, adding that it “affects the dispensation of criminal justice at a time of high crime in our country”.“The situation has been complicated by the issue of the death penalty on which the Privy Council, reflecting contemporary English mores and jurisprudence, has been rigorous in upholding Caribbean appeals in death sentence cases,” she said.The CCJ has two jurisdictions: an original and an appellate jurisdiction. In its original jurisdiction, it interprets and applies the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, which established CARICOM and is an international court with compulsory and exclusive jurisdiction in interpreting the treaty.In its appellate jurisdiction, the CCJ hears appeals in both civil and criminal matters from those member states — Barbados, Belize, and Guyana — that have ceased to allow appeals to the Privy Council.Trinidad will, however, stop short of abandoning the Privy Council in all matters and will retain it as the final court of appeal in civil and commercial cases.Persad-Bissessar said that Trinidad and Tobago had maintained its policy of the Privy Council being its final appellate court, as it saw no good or plausible reason in 2005 to replace it with the CCJ until that court had established over time, the body and quality of its jurisprudence. “Consistent with our approach of caution and gradualism, this country has not rushed to surrender the jurisdiction of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council but has rather kept the issue under constant review,” she said.She acknowledged that the Privy Council “has an international reputation as being one of the finest commercial and civil law courts in the world.” “It inspires confidence in foreign investors and its retention in this regard is conducive to an investor-friendly climate at a time when the international economic order is changing and Trinidad and Tobago is attempting to woo foreign investment from the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries,” she said.The legislation to adopt the CCJ will require a special majority and Persad-Bissessar said the government looked forward to bipartisan support for this “historic withdrawal” from the criminal jurisdiction of the Privy Council. By Caribbean News Now contributor 27 Views no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Trinidad and Tobago to adopt CCJ in criminal cases by: – April 27, 2012 Share Share
Batesville, IN—Friday, Margaret Mary Health received confirmation from Christ Hospital in Cincinnati that a Franklin County resident who was transferred from MMH’s emergency services department has been tested and confirmed positive for COVID-19.“While it’s difficult to report we’ve had a patient confirmed positive for COVID-19, we’ve been preparing for this and we stand ready to serve our community during this difficult time,” said MMH President and CEO Tim Putnam. “We’ve notified all employees who came into contact with the patient and have taken precautions to minimize exposure.”In an effort to improve access to care and separate MMH’s ill patients from its healthy patients, MMH announced that they have opened an Acute Care Extension Site at Batesville Primary School on Thursday. Through the use of the school’s telehealth equipment, MMH nurses are able to virtually connect patients with healthcare providers at another location. Patients with symptoms of fever, as well as as well as respiratory issues, including coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath will be met outside this location for care.
West Bromwich Albion moved to the top of England’s second-tier Championship in spite of being held to a goalless draw by Birmingham City at the Hawthorns on Saturday.West Brom looked rusty on their return to action after a three-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with their profligacy in front of goal proving costly. In spite of the two dropped points, Slaven Bilic’s side moved top on goal difference, ahead of second-placed Leeds United, who travel to Cardiff City on Sunday.Earlier in the day, Swansea striker Rhian Brewster scored the first goal of the Championship’s return in a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough.The Liverpool loanee pounced on a loose ball inside the Middlesbrough penalty area and slotted past goalkeeper Dejan Stojanovic before unveiling a t-shirt with the message “our colour is not a crime”.Brewster added a second three minutes later before Andre Ayew’s penalty kick sealed a 3-0 victory for the visitors, who climbed to eighth place.The defeat left Middlesbrough in 21st and outside the relegation zone on goal difference. At Craven Cottage, Fulham’s bid for automatic promotion was dealt a massive blow as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat by Brentford.Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, the league’s top scorer with 23 goals, missed a series of gilt-edged opportunities before Brentford winger Said Benrahma put his side in front in the 89th minute.Substitute Emiliano Marcondes added Brentford’s second in stoppage time to seal the victory and move them to within one point of third-placed Fulham.Meanwhile, Derby County kept themselves in contention for a top-six finish after edging out Millwall 3-2, with 18-year-old midfielder Louie Sibley netting a hat-trick.Barnsley, second from bottom, breathed new life into their bid for survival as they eked out a 1-0 victory against 13th-placed Queens Park Rangers. They moved to within four points of the safety zone.Elsewhere, sixth-placed Preston North End were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom-side Luton Town.Also, Charlton Athletic, who were without their top scorer Lyle Taylor, moved out of the relegation zone and into 19th.They secured a 1-0 win against Hull City, who dropped into the bottom three.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Reuters/NAN.Tags: Andre AyewBirmingham CityCOVID-19English ChampionshipSlaven BilicWest Bromwich Albion
Bio BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport softball team won three games this week to improve its record to 8-1.The Golden Bucks remain at the top of the Class C standings, with Mattanawcook Academy (6-0) trailing in second.Bucksport beat George Stevens Academy on Wednesday, Washington Academy on Friday and Central on Monday.On Monday, Bucksport’s Samantha Goode allowed just five hits, struck out 12 and didn’t walk a batter to lead the Golden Bucks to a 4-2 home win over Central (4-4).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGoode also contributed a double, a single and an RBI while Emily Hunt chipped in with two singles.On Friday, Goode allowed just two hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out 12 to lead the Golden Bucks to a 12-1 home win over WA (2-5).Madysen Robichaud contributed two triples, two singles and four RBIs for the Golden Bucks while Goode chipped in with a double, single and two RBIs.On Wednesday, Goode pitched a five-inning no-hitter, striking out eight and walking one to spark the Golden Bucks to a 17-0 home victory over GSA (4-5).Tyler Dupont singled three times and drove in three runs for Bucksport, while Julia Zavalza and Madysen Robichaud each plated three runs with a double and a triple.Adreanna Simmons and Olivia Stevenson were the pitchers for GSA.Ellsworth 12, John Bapst 0Callie Hammer went 3-for-4 with two singles, a double and two runs scored to help Ellsworth (2-5) win at John Bapst (3-6) on Tuesday.Leah Stevens chipped in with two singles and three runs while Courtney Wasson added two singles and two runs for Ellsworth. Caitlin Bean earned the shutout win, giving up just four hits.Carley Scanlon, Gina Cambria, Kayla Massey and Haley Hughes all had singles for John Bapst.Hermon 3, MDI 2On Tuesday at Hermon (4-2), Kylie Kennedy had a sacrifice fly to drive in Hermon’s first run in the sixth inning, erasing a 2-0 deficit.Deanna Phipps then hit a two-RBI single to drive in the tying and winning runs in bottom of the sixth for the win.For Mount Desert Island (5-6), Darcy Kanu doubled while Avalon Kerley, Casidy Parady and Katie Guarino each added a single.Mattanawcook 12, Sumner 0Courtney McIntyre pitched a five-inning two-hitter with seven strikeouts and two walks to lead Mattanawcook (6-0) to a home win over Sumner (3-2) on Monday.Kiandra Barnes doubled for Sumner.GSA 12, DI-S 9On Monday, Olivia Stevenson turned in a 3-for-3 effort with three singles and four RBIs to guide GSA to a home win over Deer Isle-Stonington (0-4) on Monday.Katrina Limeburner chipped in with a single and a double for GSA, and Emma Weed added two singles.Jessalyn Gove sparked DI-S with three singles while Ally Eaton added a single, a double and two RBIs. Morgan Shepard contributed a triple, a single and two RBIs.Dexter 17, GSA 11On Saturday, Dexter’s Morgan Gray tripled, had two singles and two RBIs to lead Dexter (4-3) to a win at GSA.Katrina Limeburner led GSA with two triples, a home run and three RBIs. Olivia Stevenson had two doubles and an RBI while Sarah Mullen had two RBIs.MDI 11, Caribou 7 and MDI 27, Caribou 2 (doubleheader)MDI scored four runs in the seventh inning to earn the win at Caribou (3-5) in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.Aubrie Boyce’s three singles led MDI. Madison Thornton, Darcy Kanu, Molly Carroll, Cassidy Parady, Kati Guarino and Haley Littlefield each added two hits.In the second game of the doubleheader, MDI scored 23 runs on 18 hits in the sixth inning to roll to the win.MDI pitchers Haley Littlefield and Madison Thornton combined on the win, collecting seven strikeouts in six innings.Foxcroft 12, Ellsworth 11Ellsworth lost at home on Friday to Foxcroft (6-2).Old Town 6, Ellsworth 2Caitlyn King pitched a complete game, striking out eight and allowing only four hits, to lead Old Town (9-0) to a win over Ellsworth on Thursday.Chelsea Bean had a double for Ellsworth.MDI 9, John Bapst 0Haley Littlefield tossed a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts and three walks to lead MDI to a home win over John Bapst on Wednesday.Avalon Kerley tripled and singled and drove in two runs for MDI. Cassidy Parady tripled and knocked in a pair. Littlefield also contributed a single and an RBI.Searsport 11, DI-S 1Melinda Ogden and Audrey Walker both tripled, singled and had three RBIs apiece to lead Searsport (4-1) to a home win over DI-S on Wednesday.For DI-S, Morgan Shepard singled and scored a run. Allyson Eaton singled. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest Posts
Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan The USC women’s soccer team was hoping to bounce back from a tough loss in its Pac-12 opener against Arizona State when it returned home to McAlister Field to face Washington and Washington State on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Unfortunately, the Women of Troy finished the weekend winless in conference play, suffering a 1-0 loss to the Huskies and a 2-0 loss to the Cougars.Friday’s match was a battle of two opposing mindsets, pitting an aggressive USC (5-6-1, 0-3-0 Pac-12) team against a more defensive Washington (5-5-1, 1-0-1 Pac-12) squad. The Huskies entered the game with 10 goals scored and 10 goals allowed on the season, while USC had 21 goals scored and 11 goals allowed in their first 10 matches of the year. The teams appeared to switch game plans in the early goings, with Washington spending most of the opening minutes on the USC side of the field. The Huskies outshot the Women of Troy 7-4 in the first half, scoring the lone goal in the final minute on a shot from the left side by forward Allie Beahan, her second of the season.USC picked up the pace in the second half, missing out on a few scoring opportunities, including a pair of shots from freshman forward Tanya Samarzich and senior midfielder Jordan Marada around the 90th minute, which were both blocked. USC outshot the Huskies 7-2 in the second half and 11-9 for the match.“We compete, and I think our possession is fine, but we can’t put that final shot away,” junior forward Jess Musmanno said. “I don’t know what it is, but we’re getting really unlucky in that last third.”USC junior goalkeeper Caroline Stanley finished with four saves on five shots on goal, helping keep the game close. Washington’s Megan Kufeld had two saves.“The final third just wasn’t happening for us,” USC head coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “We weren’t able to get any good looks today. The looks we did get were forced looks, lax, impatient. We’ve got to get better.”The Women of Troy went back to their more offensive playing style against the Cougars (8-1-3, 1-1-1 Pac-12), generating better scoring opportunities and more effectively moving the ball around Washington State’s half of the field. A corner kick from sophomore midfielder Jamie Fink was deflected by sophomore defender Whitney Pitalo in the 26th minute, but the ball went just left of the post.Washington State got on the board in the 37th minute, with midfielder Mesa Owsley getting a shot over the outstretched hand of Stanley to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead. They almost got another quick one past Stanley on a fastbreak three minutes later, but the ball went over the crossbar.“We got a lot of numbers up top and made sure that the people at the front were working their behinds off,” senior forward Elizabeth Eddy said about the increased pace of play in Sunday’s match.The Cougars outshot the Women of Troy 6-5 in the first half. USC’s aggressive play was evident on the stat sheet, as they committed eight fouls to Washington State’s six.USC continued their aggression in the second half, generating several scoring chances that the team was unable to capitalize on. Washington State added to their lead when forward Kourtney Guetlein scored after a USC turnover to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead. The Women of Troy were able to keep generating opportunities to cut the deficit, but couldn’t put a shot on net, finishing the game with only one shot on goal out of nine total.The loss was USC’s fourth straight and first of the season by more than one goal. The Women of Troy have been held scoreless in almost 380 minutes of game time and have yet to score in Pac-12 play.“When you’re struggling to score goals like this, you fall behind and the pressure adds on,” Khosroshahin said. “I thought the ladies kept battling and working all the way ‘til the end.”The Women of Troy will have their work cut out for them as they look for their first conference win, with a road trip up north to take on No. 13 California (9-0-3, 2-0-1 Pac-12) on Oct. 11, followed by a big match against No. 2 Stanford (9-1-1, 2-1-0 Pac-12) on Oct. 13. They will then return to McAlister Field to take on Arizona (5-4-3, 0-3-0 Pac-12) on Oct. 18. All three games will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 4, 2018 at 3:31 pm Contact Andrew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @A_E_Graham Kramer Cook, a Syracuse football staff member since 2016, has been promoted to director of recruiting operations, SU Athletics announced Thursday in a press release.“He’s worked his way up and has earned this opportunity,” Dino Babers said in the release. “I’m excited about the direction of our recruiting department.”Cook joined the Orange in 2016 as a recruiting quality control assistant before being elevated to an assistant director of recruiting. Previously, Cook made stops at Coastal Carolina and Robert Morris.Syracuse brought in the 54th and 50th ranked recruiting classes in 2017 and 2018, respectively.The Orange plays at Pittsburgh on Saturday for a 12:20 p.m. kickoff.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments
The whistles shrieked as soon as he touched the ball, leaving Clippers center DeAndre Jordan in a position he has experienced too many times to count.The Spurs would intentionally foul Jordan, sending him to the foul line with full conviction his season-long 39.7 shooting percentage from the stripe could become the determining factor between a win and a loss.The Spurs were right. They picked up a 111-107 Game 2 overtime victory over the Clippers on Wednesday at Staples Center as Jordan’s 6-of-17 mark from the foul line blemished his 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, 15 rebounds and three rebounds. “We believe in him,” Clippers forward Blake Griffin said of Jordan. “He’s going to go the free-throw line and he has hit some big ones when it counted. But his measure, his worth goes well beyond the free-throw line, whatever you want to look at. His impact on the game is huge.” The Spurs were wrong. The Spurs led 88-83 when San Antonio’s Boris Diaw, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili took turns intentionally fouling Jordan beginning at the 4:22 mark of the fourth quarter. Jordan may have gone 3-of-8 from the line in the next 93 seconds. But the Clippers then had a 90-88 cushion with 2:49 remaining because San Antonio missed its next three of four field-goal attempts. “It really didn’t work for us this time,” said Duncan, whose team-leading 28 points on 14-of-23 shooting, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals offset that. “It kind of got them back in the game and we couldn’t score through that stretch and he made some free throws. But we’re going to play the percentages when we can.”Incidentally, the percentages rarely suggest the tactic works tracing back to games the Clippers have played since 2013. The Clippers’ record stands at 15-3 when Jordan shoots at least 12 free throws. They have gone 12-1 when Jordan has attempted at least 14 foul shots. The Clippers are 9-1 when Jordan takes at least 15 free throws. “For DJ, if they go in, they go in,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “If they don’t, they don’t. We’re fine with that. We made a lot of mistakes too.”There were plenty. Griffin committed a turnover as the Clippers led 94-92 with 11 seconds in regulation, a play he believed cost the Clippers the game. Chris Paul missed a 19-foot jumper before regulation ended, a play he argued decided the outcome. Clippers guard J.J. Redick missed a 28-foot three-pointer as the Clippers trailed 107-104 with 13 seconds left in overtime. Yet, Jordan refused to fret on any of those plays or his free-throw shooting. Instead, Jordan pointed the finger at himself for partly allowing Duncan to make countless bank shots and putbacks that has defined his prolific 18-year NBA career.“They did a real good job of attacking the paint,” Jordan said. “I was pretty bad tonight defensively. We got to, I got to clean some things up and us as a team. But initially it starts with me.”Yet on a night the Clippers lacked enough collectively to make stops or make key plays, they all sounded more than willing to hand Jordan an assist by defending him.“Tell him to keep doing what he’s doing and get ready for Game 3, just like all of us, ” Paul said. “We win as a team. We lose as a team. D.J. is fine.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Football players of Zvijezda defeated GOŠK with 2:1 in a match which was played in Gradačac.This victory was important for Zvijezda because it struggles to remain in BiH Premier League.Scorers for Zvijezda were Diatta in 10th minute and Džafić in 25th minute, while Bišević scored the only goal for GOŠK.GOŠK from Gabela is 14th team of the League and it is in danger of leaving the Premier league, together with Travnik (15th) and Gradina (16th). This victory brought Zvijezda further away from the lower league since Zvijezda is now 12th team.In Široki Brijeg, football club ”Široki Brijeg” defeated football club ”Zrinjski” from Mostar with 3:0The scorers for Široki Brijeg were Kordić (33′), Sesar (83′) and Roskam (86′).Široki Brijeg is the 4th team of BiH Premier League, one point away from Olimpic and Zrinjski is 6th with 29 points.
SANTA ANITA TO GUARANTEE $2 MILLION IN FRIDAY’S 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT AS ALL SIGHTS REMAIN ON A MASSIVE MANDATORY PAYOUT THIS SATURDAY ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2019)–With a massive mandatory payout looming on Saturday, Santa Anita Park will again guarantee $2 million in Friday’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, with first post time for a nine-race card set at 12:30 p.m.Even though Thursday’s Rainbow Six sequence endured a total of 14 program scratches, mainly as a result of heavy rains, $199,909 in “new” money was bet today, creating a total live money Rainbow Six pool of $1,699,756.There were 117 consolation tickets today with six winners, each worth $910.30. (Through 21 racing days, the average daily payout on Santa Anita’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot has been $7,560.60.With no rain forecast for Friday, Rainbow Six field size stands at better than eight horses per race. Friday’s Rainbow Six will begin with race four, which has an approximate post time 2 p.m. PT.Although rain is predicted for Saturday’s 10-race card, all 10 races will be run on the main track, including the Grade III, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, which has been carded as race six and the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes, which goes as the ninth race.Should there be no Single Ticket winner on Friday, track officials project Saturday’s mandatory payout Jackpot pool could reach $15 million.For additional information, including entries for both Friday and Saturday, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.