Fr. Glenn: Surrendering

first_imgBy Fr. Glenn JonesLikely you’ve noticed that there sure is a lot of surrendering these days … and so unnecessarily (not to mention insincerely), too. Even the comics often ridicule the tendency. One makes an innocent comment on social media or in a speech or even simply in daily conversation, and can be immediately excoriated across the chasm of electronic insulation. Before you know it, the initial commentator is backpedaling as fast as their little fingers can type, almost to apologize for existing.Our human social makeup tends to make most people want to “get along” for the good of the community; after all, such is no doubt a survival mechanism built within us from ancient times—being on good terms with the community for common defense and gathering sustenance. When we people are angry at us, I think our internal mechanism screams “Danger! You’re losing allies and thus mutual assistance and protection!”And yet—especially in our day—criticism is free-flowing and often thoughtless, some critics shame commentators for perfectly reasonable comments or for positions simply because those positions go against what the critic believes or what is then trendy. Very often the critic’s goal is to shame the targeted commentator into abandoning—surrendering—his position publicly in effort to deflect additional criticism, and yet by doing so telegraph to the world that his position was wrong and while reinforcing the critic’s observation. Surrendering so as to not “feel bad” essentially.No one likes criticism—especially the virulently vile criticism so often prevalent on social media. But let us remember that, like blood when we’re injured, a little can look like a lot. Certainly it is only courtesy and graciousness to try not to offend others unnecessarily by unfounded criticism or ad hominem attacks, but neither should we abandon sincerely-held and well-founded principles simply because we receive criticism. In fact, criticism forces one to refine (or rightfully abandon if untenable) his own position. But it is weakness in character to abandon what we consider truth simply to “get along, especially knowing that criticism is pretty much inevitable regardless of one’s position. So, when someone says a negative reaction has gone “viral”, a proper response may be simply be “Yeah … so? Was the criticism actually warranted?”Such is a time when that essential virtue of moral courage becomes even more critical—to hold one’s principles when under challenge. After all, if you can’t defend your principles, why do you hold them in the first place? As cited months ago in this column, the Biblical example of the old man Eleazar’s courage provides a marvelous example. Eleazar, a man of high position, is willing to sacrifice even his life to do the right and the good, refusing to even feign capitulation: And we read: “But making a high resolve, worthy of his years and the dignity of his old age and the gray hairs which he had reached with distinction and his excellent life even from childhood, and moreover according to the holy God-given law, he declared: ‘Such pretense is not worthy of our time of life,’ he said, ‘lest many of the young should suppose that Eleazar in his ninetieth year has gone over to an alien religion, and…I defile and disgrace my old age…Therefore, by manfully giving up my life now, I will show myself worthy of my old age and leave to the young a noble example of how to die a good death willingly and nobly for the revered and holy laws.’”  (2 Maccabees 6:23-28)One might hear: “Well … that’s just a story in a book!” Perhaps. But such events have occurred throughout history: martyrs for faith, defenders of nations in wartime, etc. How pathetic those persons would have been if they had abandoned ship because they were afraid of being disliked … or (gasp!) unpopular! To paraphrase Shakespeare: “A coward dies a thousand deaths. The brave man only once.”Also, in this time of fragmentation elections looming, we hear speculations of possible riots if this or that candidate loses. But consider: if one capitulates under threat today, what will he do tomorrow with those threatening even more emboldened and powerful? After all, many if not most tyrannies came into being, not with an overnight revolution, but by slow but inexorable elimination of opposition. Read of the worst dictators and see that such tactics were their vehicle of attaining power.So … to risk adage overload … as Edmund Burke wrote: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” … and, following our theme for today, we might add: “…or for the good person to surrender good principles.”One good, and even wonderful—albeit challenging—surrender, however, is that of surrendering one’s self to God … walking the way Christ has shown us. After all, the whole of Christ’s teaching is to love God and to love our neighbor; what is better than that? Should we surrender those principles, one could hardly call oneself “Christian”. Christ Himself was roundly excoriated, and even condemned for His principles; should His disciples do less? What pitiful soldiers of Christ we would be. So … let us remember St. Paul again: “Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:13-17) And let us also take courage in Christ’s own word: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:10)Rev. Glenn Jones is the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and former pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos.last_img read more

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First May LNG cargo heading for South Hook

first_imgSouth Hook LNG terminal in the United Kingdom is expected to receive its first May cargo from Qatar next week. The 217,000 cbm Al Huwaila LNG carrier is expected to dock at the South Hook jetty on May 1, data from the Milford Haven Port Authority reveals.The first May delivery will come only two days following the last April cargo and it will be the third LNG carrier to dock at the South Hook jety in a period of five days.The South Hook terminal, owned by Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil and Total, can process 15.6 million tonnes of LNG a year and is capable of delivering 21 billion cubic metres of gas a year into the UK’s national transmission system.[mappress mapid=”18010″]LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

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Different ways to shorten the skills gap

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A&O brings in bonus pot to take on US rivals

first_imgMagic Circle firm Allen & Overy has put in place a performance-related bonus pool, in addition to its graded wage structure, in a sign that top UK firms are seeking to compete with their US counterparts for talent.The proposal to change lockstep, where salaries are based purely on seniority, was first outlined to partners last February, and formally approved with more than 90% support last July.The scheme came into effect from December 1. News of the reforms emerged from the firm this week.‘The lockstep now allows for a discretionary points pool to assist in attracting and retaining truly exceptional partners and lateral hires,’ a spokesman at A&O said.But he added that lockstep would remain the basis for the majority of partner compensation.‘This evolution reflected the partnership’s desire to maintain the lockstep while providing the flexibility the business needs to remain competitive and grow our global market share.’The move comes as other magic circle firms also review their remuneration models, instigated by the merit-based systems American firms use.’UK law firms are competing in a globalised market for talent which they can only do by removing lockstep,’ Scott Gibson, director of the legal recruiter Edwards Gibson, said.last_img read more

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Divertimento: trailer debuts for new Kellan Lutz thriller

first_imgThe trailer for thriller Divertimento has been released.It’s the first look at the new thriller from 21-year-old filmmaker Keyvan Sheikhalishahi. The film stars Kellan Lutz (Twilight), Torrey DeVitto (Chicago Med), Ola Rapace (Skyfall), Götz Otto (Cloud Atlas) and Christian Hillborg (Fleabag).Watch the trailer below:The trailer teases a dark, twist-filled action-thriller but it doesn’t give away too much about the plot, which is being kept very tightly under wraps. All we know is that it’s a thriller concept between reality and imagination where the six main characters represent each a chess piece.Jonas Olsen (Kellan Lutz), a chess player haunted by a tragic past, is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, Divertimento.Divertimento marks the acting debut of Kellan’s wife Brittany Gonzales. It was filmed in France.A release date for the film is yet to be announced.last_img read more

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CARICOM welcomes new US/Caribbean legislation

first_imgCARICOM welcomes new US/Caribbean legislationThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council of Ministers ended a two-day meeting in Georgetown on Tuesday saying it was appreciative of the Caribbean’s good working relationship with past US administrations and was looking forward to working with the Donald Trump administration.The Council, the second highest organ of the 15-member CARICOM grouping, said it welcomed the recent passage of the US-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016, which calls for a new long-term strategy to strengthen ties between the United States government and the Caribbean region. President Barack Obama signed the legislation on December 16, last year.“We note with satisfaction the overwhelming bipartisan support received in both Houses of Congress for the Act and thank its sponsors, Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, former Chair of the Committee, for their tireless efforts.“We recognize that this Act is both timely and significant, and commend both Houses of Congress and the US Administration for this proactive and collaborative approach to engagement with the Caribbean region.”The CARICOM Council said it believes that the multi-year strategy mandated by this Act “will engender increased interaction between the Caribbean and the United States, especially in the areas of security, trade, economic development, energy, education and Diaspora engagement.last_img read more

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Farmington High to dedicate new performing arts center

first_imgFarmington High School (FHS) will dedicate its Performing Arts Center during a public event held Wednesday, May 2.Updates were funded through the district’s 2015 bond program.The event will kick off at 6 p.m. with student-led tours of the new facility. The Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:15 p.m.; a plaque dedication will follow.Several FHS music ensembles will perform during a 6:30 p.m. reception in the cafeteria, and the official program will begin at 7:30 p.m. with short pieces performed by the theater troupe, choral group, orchestra, dance group, and the band.One of the evening’s highlights will be the debut of a new piece of music specifically commissioned by the FHS Music Patrons and performed by the Symphony Band.“We are grateful that we are able provide our students with such an incredible space to learn and grow. We look forward to sharing it with the community that helped make this a reality for Farmington High School,” said Principal Tom Shelton.The school is located at 32000 Shiawassee in Farmington. RSVP to info@farmington.k12.mi.us or by calling 248-489-3456. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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La Salle Lady Spikers still undefeated in UniGames

first_imgLed by Kim Dy, Ernestine Tiamzon and Desiree Cheng, Lady Spikers recovered from a shaky first set on Wednesday to dominate Lady Chiefs with double-digit spreads in the second, third and fourth sets and remain on top of Bracket B with a 3-0 win-loss card.Defending champion University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses also kept its unbeaten record with straight-set triumphs over Silliman University and University of Mindanao-Tagum.In athletics over at the Lamberto Macias Sports Complex, Louielyn Cabuga Pamatian spearheaded the campaign of UST Tigresses as she bagged five gold medals.Pamatian, a native of Bago City, Negros Occidental, topped the 400m, 800m, 1500m, 4x400m, and classical relay events. UST Tigresses is currently on top in the event with 16 gold medals.In men’s football, University of St. La Salle (USLS) Bacolod advanced to the semifinals following a 2-1 victory over De La Salle University Green Booters at the Gov. Mariano Perdices Memorial Coliseum.Kenneth Infante and Harunori Aoki scored a goal each in the opening half for USLS, which will battle College of St. Benilde Blazers in the knockout Final 4 game.University of the Philippines Maroons, meanwhile, bounced back from its loss to USLS with an 11-0 rout of the injury-hit Foundation University. Kintaro Miyagi top-scored for Maroons with six goals./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’ La Salle Lady Spikers still undefeated in UniGames ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Friday, October 27, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=”]DE LA SALLE University Lady Spikers stayed unbeaten in University Games women’s volleyball after defeating Arellano University Lady Chiefs 29-31, 25-15, 25-19, 25-14 at the Valencia covered court.last_img read more

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2013 UWF South Region Crossover

first_img Share   West Florida2013 UWF South Region CrossoverBarryChristian BrothersEckerdFlorida SouthernNorth AlabamaTampaValdosta State  TimeMatchMediaThursday, October 17Court One7:00 p.m.Eckerd vs. West FloridaLive Stats / VideoFriday, October 18Court One9:30 a.m.Florida Southern vs. North AlabamaLive Stats11:45 a.m.Eckerd vs. Valdosta StateLive Stats2:00 p.m.Barry vs. West FloridaLive Stats / Video4:15 p.m.Eckerd vs. North AlabamaLive Stats6:30 p.m.Tampa vs. West FloridaLive Stats / VideoCourt Two9:30 a.m.Barry vs. Christian BrothersLive Stats2:00 p.m.Tampa vs. Christian BrothersLive Stats4:15 p.m.Florida Southern vs. Valdosta StateLive StatsSaturday, October 19Court One9:30 a.m.Florida Southern vs. Christian BrothersLive Stats11:45 a.m.Tampa vs. North AlabamaLive Stats2:00 p.m.Florida Southern vs. West FloridaLive Stats / Video4:15 p.m.Tampa vs. Valdosta StateLive StatsCourt Two9:30 a.m.Barry vs. Valdosta StateLive Stats2:00 p.m.Eckerd vs. Christian BrothersLive Stats4:15 p.m.Barry vs. North AlabamaLive StatsPrint Friendly Version 2013 UWF South Region Crossoverlast_img read more

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Black Friday Bandits Arraigned

first_imgThree women were also arrested during this investigation: Lantz’ wife, 25-year-old Breanna Wright, 45-year-old Patricia Barnes, and 39-year-old Kami Tullos. Tullos escaped via the back door but was soon located by Troopers. Megan Peters with the State Troopers said it all started on March 13th with the suspicious sale of a .45 Sig Sauer… 30-year-old Lantz was taken to Wildwood where he was found to be concealing heroin. He claimed he didn’t own any guns and didn’t know where the weapons in his home came from. Lantz faces four felony charges for drugs, theft, and weapons misconduct with a maximum of 60 years in prison. Wright was charged with three felonies and a maximum of 16 years. Barnes has 11 felonies and up to 101 years in prison. Wright had been the third-party custodian for Barnes who was on parole for a different case. Tullos was charged with one felony and a maximum of 5 years in prison.center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Four Soldotna residents have been arraigned after a Black Friday escapade involving an allegedly stolen firearm. Peters: “So essentially a guy went to the residence to purchase a pistol and got a weird vibe, so he ended up documenting the serial number on the gun and then after he left, he reported it to the Alaska State Troopers to see if it was stolen. The pistol did in fact come back as stolen from an APD case, so a warrant was obtained to search for and seize the stolen firearm. In the process of issuing that search warrant, meth and heroin and related paraphernalia were located. They were able to amend the search warrant to include controlled substances. Approximately 12.1 grams of meth and 2.408 grams of heroin were recovered from Joe Lantz, in addition to about $2,304 in cash.”last_img read more

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