first_imgMargaret Morgan, rector of Howard Hall, gave a talk titled “Reconciliation: Why Should I Seek It?” Wednesday night at Legends as part of Campus Ministry’s Theology on Tap series. The lecture focused on what reconciliation means, the differences between reconciliation and forgiveness and why reconciliation is important in every day life.“A life without reconciliation is self-isolation, moving farther and farther away [from other people],” Morgan said. “Changing our lives due to annoyance or hurt, cutting ourselves off from people.”Morgan said this reluctance to open up to others is natural for everyone.“As humans we can relate to that. We do this all the time,” Morgan said. “If I have learned anything as a rector or as a teacher, it is that we are a conflict-averse people. … We are a honest communication avoiding people.“We love to talk about ideas, movies, sports, “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” but we don’t like to say how we feel to one another. Specifically, we don’t like to say how we feel to one another when that person is sitting in front of us.”The importance of reconciliation is preventing this distancing of ourselves in a relationship with God, Morgan said.“A fundamental belief in the Christian faith is that God created me to be in relationship with God. … When I mess up in my relationship with God, I have a choice,” Morgan said. “I can ask for forgiveness or I can start to pack up my things and be okay with moving a little further away from God.”Morgan said people often question the sacrament of reconciliation because they don’t realize the bearing it has on one’s relationship with God.“Oftentimes I hear the question, particular about reconciliation and the sacrament of confession,” Morgan said. “People say, ‘Why do I have to go to confession? Why does it have to be a sacrament?’. … It is not just saying you are forgiven, but that there is a relationship that is restored in this moment and that happens in this moment of reconciliation.”Forgiveness, however, is not the same as reconciliation, Morgan said.“We often forget that and put those two things together,” Morgan said. “[Forgiveness] is often an intimate and private journey. It doesn’t require working or sitting with another person. The journey to forgiveness is its own story and one that is required before you can reconcile, but it is still its own story.”In order to reconcile with others, we must first look past the person’s mistake, Morgan said.“We have to surround ourselves with the memories of that relationship,” she said. “We have to remember who this person is, we have to remember who we are and the context of this person. … We have to remember that people are people and often there is more to them than a simple mistake.”Morgan said the sacrament of reconciliation is ultimately important to repair our relationship with God after having made a mistake.“God has reconciled himself to us and now we must reconcile ourselves to God,” Morgan said. “We need the physical signs to do that. We need the help of a community. We need to feel the emotions that go along with working up the courage to say we’re sorry, of admitting to ourselves ⎯ as well to Christ ⎯ what we’ve done wrong and the most important thing we need in the sacrament, is to hear someone say to us, ‘You are forgiven.’”Tags: Campus Ministry, God, Howard Hall, Margaret Morgan, Reconciliation, Sacraments, Theology on Taplast_img read more

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. – Miguel Rojas has a lot to think about.The 24-year-old infielder knows that he needs to hit better to become a major-league player. Last year at Double-A Chattanooga, his first season in the Dodgers’ organization, Rojas batted .233. That’s enough to leave anyone, even the best defensive second baseman in camp, buried on a long list of non-roster invitees.Yet when Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti sees Rojas in the field, he sees potential. All winter he’s mentioned the native Venezeulan as a legitimate candidate for a major-league job this season.“He already threw my name on the chance to play second base,” Rojas said. “I’m going to go for that job because I think I can do it.” Lino Connell, a coach in the Phillies’ organization, was Rojas’ hitting coach in Venezuela two years ago. Connell suggested that Rojas was swinging at too many pitches early in the count and needed to be more patient.Ever since, Rojas said, “I can’t be afraid to hit with two strikes. That’s kind of my plan.”Omar Vizquel, one of Venezuela’s most gifted baseball players ever, recently made some suggestions of his own. The Detroit Tigers’ new first-base coach met Rojas before a Venezuelan Winter League game in Caracas, where Rojas was playing and Vizquel was coaching.“We talked about his goals for the offensive part of the game,” Rojas said. “He was such a good defensive guy, but he had to work on something to get better and be a big-league shortstop. The biggest advice he gave me is ‘you’ve got to know who you are as a hitter and how you’re going to help your team offensively.’ ”For a player who’s never been in a major-league camp before this year, that’s already a lot to think about. There’s more.Earlier this month, Rojas got married in his native country. Fortunately for him, his wife did all the planning. Rojas reported to camp early, took 10 days off to tie the knot, then came back. It’s been business as usual, almost.Rojas said that his wife, Mariana, is staying at their home in Caracas just five minutes from the Venezuelan capital. Hundreds of anti-government protesters took to the streets this week to protest the country’s troubled economy. Some have resorted to violence and three died during the protests, according to multiple reports.Rojas said his wife had planned to fly to the United States soon, then go back to Caracas as needed during the year to help run her family’s business. A political uprising might make that difficult.Rojas admits that’s a point of concern, but his focus is here.“I was working so hard to be here and I’m going to keep doing it,” Rojas said.Versatility a keyDodgers manager Don Mattingly outlined a few possibilities for Cactus League position assignments.“All the guys we’re looking at at second (base), or looking at as an extra, are kind of all over” the field, Mattingly said.That includes Dee Gordon (second base, shortstop, center field), plus non-roster invitees Chone Figgins (second base, third base, shortstop, center field) and Justin Turner (shortstop, second base, first base).Unlike injured center fielder Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford, who’s primarily a left fielder, Mattingly said that Andre Ethier and Scott Van Slyke are candidates to play all three outfield positions at some point. Yasiel Puig will get some reps in center field too, Mattingly said.Juan Uribe won’t be taking reps at first base anytime soon. He found himself battling for a job in spring training of last year, when Luis Cruz was the Opening Day third baseman. In the past year, Mattingly said, “I think Juan has really solidified himself.” Uribe re-signed for two years and $15 million in December.The manager mentioned Van Slyke and Turner as the candidates to back up first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.AlsoOnelki Garcia threw hard from flat ground Saturday morning. The left-hander is trying to get back on a mound following arthroscopic surgery on his elbow in November. … The Dodgers’ other pitchers were given a previously scheduled day off. There seems to be a universal recognition of Rojas’ defensive talent, and a swell of advice to bring his bat up to speed — literally. Hitting coach Mark McGwire and assistant hitting coach John Valentin have taken turns watching Rojas in the Camelback Ranch batting cages, making suggestions along the way.“(McGwire) told me try to stay in the middle of the field,” Rojas said, “because you’ll have the chance to open up the field.”In batting practice Saturday, the skinny dynamo (6-foot, 150 pounds) was spraying line drives around the outfield. He didn’t show much power, which is not surprising given his frame.A right-handed hitter, Rojas said he’s trying to drive more balls to center and left. His natural tendency is to hit the ball to right. Because of this, Rojas said he was often exploited by pitchers who jammed him inside.“I’m going to stop looking for where the pitch is at. I’m going to worry about where my head is going,” he said. “If it’s going in a straight line and the pitch is outside, I’m going to hit the ball that way; if it’s inside I’m going to hit the ball to the left side.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgIt was the final press conference before Claressa Shields faces Ivana Habazin for the vacant WBC and WBO junior middleweight titles Friday night, and the latter took the podium with an amendment to make.“Claressa Shields is not the greatest woman of all time,” Habazin said Tuesday, referring to Shields’ self-proclaimed “GWOAT” nickname. “But she is the greatest bully of all time.” Shields, seated just a few inches to her right, gave the remark a thumbs down.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearHours later, she sat in Sporting News’ office in Lower Manhattan and was further irked by Habazin’s assertion.“I don’t bully nobody,” Shields told SN. “I don’t even know why she said that. I haven’t had any interaction with her since the fight got cancelled in Flint.”The fight in Michigan was supposed to happen last Oct. 5, but it was canceled at the weigh-in when Habazin’s trainer, James Ali Bashir, 68, was attacked and hospitalized with head and facial injuries. Shields’ brother, Artis Mack, was charged with one count of assault in connection with the altercation. Following the ugly incident, Shields has publicly offered statements not condoning the attack.A little over a month later, the fight was rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 10 at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. From that point until now, Shields hasn’t appreciated Habazin’s insinuation that Shields herself was involved in the assault nor the Croatian fighter’s remarks about her family.“After I made a statement, I think a day later she made her statement, and her statement was she called me a thug and said my family was thugs and that I need my thugs to protect me,” Shields said. “I just blocked her on all social media because I don’t take stuff like that lightly.”Habazin has claimed that the “thug” remark was for Shields’ brother and not Shields, but other comments from the former welterweight champion piqued “T-Rex” in all the wrong ways.“She’s just using the situation that happened in Flint to build her own career and to build herself up,” Shields said. “Yeah, you can care about your coach and use him for motivation, but for her to keep saying that — oh, now she’s saying I’m a bully, at first I’m a thug and then I’m stupid, I don’t know how to read and all this crazy stuff, she is embarrassing herself.“Whether we have bad blood or not,” Shields added, “I’m still going to kick her ass.”On Wednesday morning, Shields upped the ante by promising to channel WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s knockout artistry on Friday night.Bringing all my @BronzeBomber Vibes this Friday. Gonna sleep this weak ass girl 😈💪🏾— ClaressaT-rexShields (@Claressashields) January 8, 2020Despite what Shields deems as attacks on her character, she says this fight is more about making history. Or “herstory” as she calls it.Shields already stands as the only American boxer to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals. A win Friday, and the 24-year-old would reign as a three-division world champ faster than any boxer — male or female — in history, beating out Vasiliy Lomachenko, who accomplished the feat in 11 fights.“It would mean a lot to become the fastest boxer to claim three divisions,” said Shields (9-0, 2 KOs). “It’d mean a lot because women can fight, women can box, and the fact that I’ve taken the same challenges that Lomachenko has taken and I’ve done it faster, I feel like it puts me … if they ever talk about this, he’ll always be second on the list.“It’s about a woman being first ahead of the men.”That’s not to say that Shields isn’t already. When asked where she thinks she falls on the pound-for-pound list, Shields said “Top 10” without any hesitation. As she sat and pondered it a bit more, Shields only bolstered her case for a higher standing.“I don’t know if you want to put me at No. 10 because it makes men comfortable, or I don’t know if you want to put me at No. 5 or No. 6,” Shields commented, “but I know that I got a lot of skills and I can do everything inside the ring.”Shields says that skill set includes being able to box like Muhammad Ali, throw combinations like “Sugar” Ray Leonard, offer great head movement like Lomachenko — all equipped with the defense of Floyd Mayweather Jr.That’s why she feels she’s at least Top 10.“(The list) got some men who are on people’s top 10 who don’t have better skills than me,” Shields added for good measure.✅ Box around like @MuhammadAli✅ Thow combinations like @SugarRayLeonard✅ Hand movement like @VasylLomachenko✅ Defense like @FloydMayweatherJust a few reasons why @Claressashields believes she is a Top 10 pound-for-pound fighter regardless of how men feel about it. pic.twitter.com/zVgDCwltJL— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) January 8, 2020Following this bout against Habazin, Shields intends to have a small training camp with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Shields hopes the GWOAT-GOAT meeting lays the groundwork for eventually training herself up in MMA and clashing with UFC women’s double champ Amanda Nunes in the octagon someday.For Shields, it’s all a part of her New Year’s resolution of refusing to compromise — both professionally and personally — so that she could keep her laser-like vision 20/20.Despite becoming the undisputed middleweight champion in 2019 — just the second women ever to be crowned with that glory — Shields says she wasn’t her happiest last year.“I do a lot for my family and friends, and I do a lot of compromising just because of their feelings,” Shields said. “I’m not worried about my feelings. I’m worried about everybody else.“From me doing that, it kind of made me unhappy,” she continued about her 2019 mood. “I didn’t travel to where I wanted to travel to, I didn’t do stuff I wanted to do just because I was looking out for other people, or listening to other people or trying to make everyone else comfortable.”Entering 2020, Shields made a conscious decision to change that. “It’s like my life is about making me comfortable,” Shields said. “It’s about me being happy. It’s about me feeling like I’m doing what I need to do. And not just having a great boxing life, but a great personal life also.“It all has to kind of mesh together and it wasn’t last year, so I’m cutting that this year,” she said. “Probably every year after that too.”Shields’ fighting herstory should be better off for it, beginning Friday night.last_img read more

first_imgThe Chairman of the Governance Commission (GC), Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, is proposing an upgrade for the Military Academy at Camp Todee, Upper Montserrado County.While paying his respects to the AFL’s sizeable platoon serving with the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA), Dr. Sawyer observed that upgrading the academic capacities of the nation’s armed forces are part of the implementation of the government’s Agenda for Transformation (AfT).Dr. Sawyer’s statement was part of a speech he delivered at a program marking the 57th Armed Forces Day celebration held at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) on UN Drive in Monrovia.Tuesday’s ceremony coincided with a colorful change of command by the army. During the formal procedure, AFL command was once again squarely placed in the hands of Liberians, who were promoted to the ranks of Chief of Staff, Deputy COS and Brigade Commander.This year’s Armed Forces Day was observed on the theme, “Enhancing the Capabilities of the Armed Forces of Liberia to Meet Contemporary Challenges.”According to Dr. Sawyer, the occasion’s main speaker, the celebration of Armed Forces Day is presently faced with the challenges of ensuring the full integration (mixing) of the country’s security sector; especially the military into the national AfT.Dr. Sawyer explained this process would ensure security is used equally to project the AfT toward national reconciliation and healing; allowing good governance and progress in the national development agenda.“We all agree the Liberian security sector should be organized with the objective of protecting and promoting human security—that which has to with the political, economic, social, and cultural empowerment of our citizens and other inhabitants,” Dr. Sawyer said.According to him, the ongoing quest to turn the military into the driver of the country’s AfT stemmed from history when the armed forces were reshaped (from the Frontier Force into the current AFL during the 1950’S) to meet modern realities.Dr. Sawyer noted a major part of this reshaping involved each AFL member being educated to the point where they are able to read and write effectively.To buttress this progress, Dr. Sawyer, who served as an Interim President during the years of civil conflict, called for improved training curricula for the military that would include technical and vocational manuals allowing soldiers to become even more viable to overall national development.“Our military today is the most educated we ever had. They are capable, trained and equipped to become the most developmentally centered military in Liberia’s recent history.”   The former Interim President was impressed with the level of education being achieved by officers and enlisted men of the new Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) since the restructuring exercise commenced in September 2006.The Minister of National Defense, Brownie Jeffery Samukai, Jr., who spoke later, reported to the Commander-In-Chief of the AFL, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that since 2006, almost 85 percent of the officers’ cadre of all ranks had completed required levels of training and military specialties.That meant, Minister Samukai reported to C-I-C Sirleaf, all officers of the first class of 2006 have completed Command and General Staff College Training, which is a requirement for enhancing the strategic command capabilities of the military leadership.Minister Samukai also reported that over 400 soldiers and non-commissioned officers have benefited from training abroad in several countries in various disciplines.Some of the countries the soldiers were trained included: the United States of America, Nigeria, China, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Benin, Rwanda, Bangladesh and Indonesia, among other places.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more