first_imgAmong all the impacts of climate change, from rising sea levels to landslides and flooding, there is one that does not get the attention it deserves: an exacerbation of inequalities, particularly for women. Sep 3, 2020 You may be interested in… UNGA – Statement by Dominica’s Foreign Minister Francine BaronSecretary General of the United Nations, President of the General Assembly Distinguished Heads of Delegations, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen: Madam President, I congratulate you on your appointment and my delegation extends best wishes to you for a productive tenure, as you seek to direct the affairs of this important institution,…September 30, 2018In “Dominica”OP-ED | Gender equality has never been so close but still far from being a realityBy Patricia Scotland Commonwealth Secretary-General (Guyana Chronicle) This month the Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting will assemble in Nairobi, Kenya. It has taken place regularly since 1985, to take stock of the current status of gender equality in our member countries, and to share perspectives and experience of how progress…September 18, 2019In “Indepth”Gender Gap Made Worse by Land DegradationBy Desmond Brown (IPS) In parts of the world where the gender gap is already wide, land degradation places women and girls at even greater risk. The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) framework for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN), highlights that land degradation in developing countries impacts men and women differently, mainly due…January 31, 2019In “CARICOM Secretariat”Share this on WhatsApp NASA Features Belizean Scientist, Emil Cherrington and… Sep 4, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 7, 2020 ‘Step In our Shoes’ – Dr. Carla Barnett Sep 10, 2020 Especially in poor countries, women’s lives are often directly dependent on the natural environment.Women bear the main responsibility for supplying water and firewood for cooking and heating, as well as growing food. Drought, uncertain rainfall and deforestation make these tasks more time-consuming and arduous, threaten women’s livelihoods and deprive them of time to learn skills, earn money and participate in community life.Read more at Inter Press Service Make COVID Recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and… Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture last_img read more

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first_img Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Protect World from Sliding into Global Recession, Urges UN… Statement by the Chairman of the Caribbean Community… Jun 30, 2020 You may be interested in… Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis leads a delegation from the Community to meet with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General His Excellency Antonio Guterres on Monday morning to discuss the crisis in Venezuela. The meeting will take place at UN Headquarters, New York USA. Prime Minister Harris will be accompanied by the Honourable Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, the Honourable Peter David, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Grenada and Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of CARICOM. The meeting is a follow-up to the decision of CARICOM Heads of Government at their Special Emergency Meeting on Thursday which discussed the on-going situation in Venezuela. The CARICOM Leaders agreed to request a meeting with the UN Secretary-General which he accepted. Tribute to Sir Everton Weekes: Climbing to the Top –… center_img Jul 2, 2020 Share this on WhatsApp Sep 30, 2020 Jul 10, 2020 CARICOM Heads Meet Friday – Handover of Chairmanship to… last_img read more

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first_imgMISSION VIEJO, CA — DST Inc., a technology provider to the parts and service supply chain, has named Alex Nubla as the company’s new Chief Technical Officer (CTO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Nubla has extensive experience as a consultant, leader and technical expert working for such companies as IBM Global Services, Nissan Motors and Bank of America. He also served as technical editor for four years for Midrange Computing magazine, the primary journal of record for midrange computing professionals. In his new role as CTO, Nubla will assist DST in broadening its technology-driven product horizons, as well as fine tuning internal development and support processes. “I’m excited by the challenge and opportunity in my new role at DST,” said Nubla. “The company is a technology leader in the parts and service supply chain and DSTWare is attracting the attention of the industry. In addition to my technical experience and skills, I have also had the ‘hands-on’ experience of meeting a payroll as president of my own company, which enables me to relate to the real world core issues of many of DST’s independently owned distribution and service customers.” DST President Ray Stover said recent growth within the company created the need for a CTO. “DST has always been focused on using best-of-breed technology to provide competitive advantage for our customers. We have always invested more than one-third of our revenue in driving our DSTWare suite of products forward and this practice has begun to pay dividends that allow us to increase our technology investment. Our growth necessitates the services of a Chief Technology Officer to help us focus and direct our efforts to harness the best available methods and processes to best serve our customers.” Advertisement For more information about DST, visit: _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

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first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Danny Kladis, who had the distinction of being the oldest driver and having the earliest start of living Indianapolis 500 competitors, died April 26 in Joliet, Ill. The 1946 Indianapolis 500 starter Kladis was 92.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Although thought of generally as being a Chicago-area driver, Kladis was born Feb. 10, 1917, in Crystal City, Mo. He began racing midgets in 1935, and his career was gathering momentum when it was interrupted by World War II. Kladis flew with the Army Air Corps and was a flight instructor. After the war ended, he was hired by the youthful Granatelli brothers to drive in the 1946 Indianapolis 500. It was the first “500” experience for all of them, their mount being one of the 1935 front-drive Ford V8 Millers in which the engine had been replaced by a stock-block Mercury outfitted with a Grancor (Granatelli Corp.) head developed by Andy and his brothers. In a race of great attrition, the steadily running Kladis had moved from 33rd starting position to 16th when he made a pit stop for fuel. No sooner had he returned to the track than his engine lost power, causing him to slow and stop in Turn 2. The Granatellis raced over to the car and towed it back through the infield to the garage area, where they discovered the fuel safety valve had not been switched back to “on” at the conclusion of the stop. To their further frustration, the car was not allowed to re-enter the contest, ruled as having “left the race course,” and therefore a retirement in spite of being in perfect running order.Advertisement Kladis never qualified for a second “500” despite practicing with cars virtually every year for the next 10 years, although he did rack up 50 laps in the 1954 race as a relief driver for Travis “Spider” Webb. His final try was in 1957, when he struggled unsuccessfully with a pair of Grand Prix cars, a 10-year-old Maserati and a pre-war Mercedes–Benz outfitted – to the horror of purists – with a Jaguar sports car engine. Kladis, the surprise winner of a 1954 AAA East Coast sprint car race at Allentown, Pa., was voted into the National Midget Racing Hall of Fame in 2007 due to his numerous sectional titles. He was a fun-loving storyteller who was once described by a chuckling IMS Public Address announcer Tom Carnegie as being “a rascal.” Kladis claimed, “Andy Granatelli called me ‘The Wonder Boy of the Speedway’ because it was a wonder every time I came around.” And, when asked if he had a middle name, Kladis responded: “Oh, no. My parents couldn’t afford one.” Kladis is survived by his sons, George, Christopher, Danny and Mike, and his daughters, Joanne, Carole and Cecilia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jean. Calling hours are scheduled for 3 to  8 p.m. (local time) Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30 at Kurtz Memorial Chapel in New Lenox, Ill. Services are scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Friday, May 1 at the funeral home chapel followed by a funeral at 10 a.m. at the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Joliet. Burial will take place at the Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, Ind.last_img read more

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first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  CHICAGO – LKQ Corp.’s board of directors has elected Joseph Holsten, the company’s acting chairman of the board and co-CEO, as the chairman of the board. His appointment was made on Nov. 7.   Holsten, a director of the company since 1998, succeeds Donald Flynn, who passed away on Oct. 10, 2011.   In addition, on Nov. 7, the board elected LKQ President and Co-CEO Robert Wagman as a member of the board of directors.     AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgRob Apodaca POLITICAL News:SANTA FE – Today, Democrat Rob Apodaca announced that he is suspending his bid for Congress in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.He made the following statement:“I very much want to thank my family, friends and supporters for all of their encouragement over the past few months. I decided to run for Congress with one goal in mind – to help the people and our communities of northern New Mexico. I love this state and I especially love this district. It has been an honor to be supported by the many people who have stood behind me and I owe so much to them and the people of this district. I had hoped that my work would continue in Congress, but unfortunately that cannot happen at this time.“One of the most sacred and core beliefs that is shared by much of the 3rd District is that family should be valued above all else. With my brother Benjie recently passing, now is a time that my family must come first. I have every intention of continuing to work with the communities of the north and look forward to continued engagement throughout the State. Together, we will work to ensure that our communities prosper and that our core values of hard work, family first and thriving communities remains intact for our children and for generations to come.”last_img read more

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first_imgNMDOT News:SANTA FE – Thousands of students, parents, teachers and community leaders across New Mexico will walk, bike, scoot, or skate to school Wednesday in celebration of the 23rd Annual National Walk to School Day.This year, 38 elementary and middle schools in New Mexico have registered Walk to School Day events on The total number of schools and events is expected to grow as celebrations continue throughout October, National Walk to School Month.The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and local law enforcement encourage drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to remember to “Look for Me” as they navigate the public roadways, bikeways and sidewalks.National Walk to School Month is an opportunity to remind us all to use extreme caution when driving through school zones, residential neighborhoods, parks, downtowns and wherever else children may be walking or biking.“As community leaders and parents, it is our responsibility to keep our kids safe and that extends to when we are behind the wheel,” NMDOT Secretary Michael Sandoval said. “When our streets are safe and comfortable for kids walking and biking to school, everyone wins.”In Las Cruces, 25 local elementary schools will hold events, said Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator Ashleigh Curry. She expects 3,500 participants.“These celebrations highlight what our schools do every week,” Curry said. “Las Cruces supports Safe Routes to School and values active transportation. We look forward to walking with our elected officials and New Mexico State University athletes.”Santa Fe, buoyed by deep community support, recently received nearly $300,000 in federal funds to develop a Safe Routes to School Program. At the annual “Back to School Bash” Sept. 14, the Santa Fe School District partnered with the Brain Injury Advisory Council to fit free bike helmets for 331 students.The Safe Routes to School program “is a triple win: reducing air pollution around our schools, improving students’ health and wellness by reducing childhood obesity and diabetes and instilling lifelong habits that build community with people outdoors having fun,” said Program Specialist Elena Kayak of Santa Fe Public Schools Sustainability.Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of a broad range of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concerns for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.To learn more about the events and locations of registered New Mexico schools participating in Walk to School Day 2019, visit For more information on Safe Routes to School and the Active Transportation Program contact:·       Maggie Moore, NMDOT at 505-470-4705, [email protected]·       Ashleigh Curry, Las Cruces Public Schools Safe Routes to School coordinator, [email protected], ·       Elena Kayak, Santa Fe Public Schools Sustainability Program specialist, [email protected], 505.467.3411.last_img read more

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first_imgClosing Day: March 22, 2020 WEBSITE:  www.angelfireresort.comTWITTER:  @angelfireresortFACEBOOK:  /AngelFireResortPHONE:  (855).923.7387SEASON:  Dec. 8, 2017 – March 25, 2018LIFT HOURs:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.NIGHT SKIING: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (weather permitting , this is available on weekends and holiday peak periods).  The Angel Fire Resort Winter Carnival, featuring the last World Championship Shovel Races: January 31 – February 2, 2020 Angel Fire Resort continues to expand on its family-first offerings, including family friendly enhancements to its full-service Children’s Ski School. Several programs are in place to help parents get the most of their time on the slopes while their children are actively engaged learning to ski and board, making new friends and having fun.  The Parenting Pass – This interchangeable pass allows two parents to take turns coaching and skiing with their child, or it also allows parents to take turns on the mountain in a single day while the other stays behind to care for an infant or toddler who is too young to ski.Private Ski Lessons – For the tiniest of tots just learning how to ski and snowboard the resort offers private lessons for those as young as 2 years old.  Lil’ Jalapeno’s Program– This is a full day ski program appropriately paced for 3-year olds.Lil’ Poppers Snowboard Program – This is a full day Snowboard Program for 4-5-year-olds to complement the Lil’ Chile Ski Program.  Lessons will incorporate Burton Riglet Boards. 5th Graders Ski Free– Offers all 5th graders a free lift ticket with their report card and completed form.  Kids 6 and under and Seniors 75 and over Ski Free. Seniors 70-74 ski for just $29 a day. Angel Fire Resort also has a large selection of non-ski family activities including Tubing Hill – complete with a 700’ surface lift to take the hiking out of tubing, a traditional sledding hill, indoor pools and a hot tub. A full Nordic Center offers rentals and lessons for classic and skate styles and snowshoe hiking. Additionally, in the Village of Angel Fire, horse-drawn sleigh-rides, and snowmobiling are also available.  BASE ELEVATION 8,600 feet PEAK ELEVATION 10,677 feet VERTICAL DROP 2,077 feet AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL:  210 inchesTERRAIN PARKS: 3 81 TRAILS:  21% beginner, 56% intermediate, 23% advanced, 560+ acresNORDIC CENTER: 12km of terrain for classic & skate skiing and snowshoeing; 5 trails: 1 beginner, 2 intermediate, 2 advancedLIFTS: 2 high-speed quads, 3 doubles, 2 surfaceSNOWMAKING CAPABILITIES:  52% of mountain, 90% of beginner terrain HEAVY DISCOUNTS FOR TEACHERS AND MILITARY MEMBERS:  Spring Break Music Fest: March 15-19, 2020Bring the family for great spring skiing and riding. Chilly Bike Challenge: March 21, 2020 MAJOR EVENTS: NEWEST & MOST POWERFUL ON-MOUNTAIN LIVE CAMERA IN THE STATE: Angel Fire Resort winter season runs Dec. 13 through March 22.  Watching the snow fall in real time, seeing the most updated views of the ski mountain and the surrounding peaks in 4K, will soon be available to all meteorologists, guests, and those just looking to see if they should call-in sick to catch a few runs on the mountain. Angel Fire Resort is installing a brand-new, state-of-the-art Prism Onyx camera at the summit. The new webcam is the world’s first A.I. powered live camera on the market. It will offer the most powerful, 4K video, 24mp imagery, ultra-wide panorama views in the state – including the top of Angel Fire Resort, Wheeler Peak, and the Moreno Valley. The webcam will be available by opening day: POWDER ALLIANCE PASS ADDS TWO NEW RESORTS  NEW MEXICO’S ONLY NIGHT SKIING – NOW EXTENDED HOURS: Making ski-industry history, The Teacher Pass will offer all K-12 teachers one of the best full season ski pass discounts in the country. The pass is $99 if purchased before opening day and increases to $199 Dec. 13. The Teacher Pass is designed to thank educators for the work they do with students and to make skiing easier and offer more value for teachers. Additionally, all Active Duty, Retired, Veterans, National Guard, & Reserve and their dependents are eligible for discounted Season Passes of $299 if purchased by Oct. 31, 2019. While still heavily discounted, the Military Season pass will increase to $599 on opening day. CONTACT INFO FOR ANGEL FIRE RESORT: Participating Resorts include: Loveland Ski Area, CO; Monarch Mountain, CO; Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA; Bogus Basin, ID; Marmot Basin, Alberta; Schweitzer, ID; Bridger Bowl, MT; Mission Ridge, WA;  Sugar Bowl Resort, CA; Castle Mountain Resort, Alberta; China Peak, CA; Timberline, OR; Mountain High, CA; White Pass, WA; Mt Hood Skibowl, OR; Whitewater, BC; La Parva, Chile; and Kiroro, Japan.  Angel Fire is the only resort in New Mexico that is a part of the Powder Alliance, which allows all Angel Fire Resort season pass holders 3 days of free lift tickets at 18 partner resorts, 54 possible free lift tickets. The Powder Alliance doesn’t require an annual fee or a collective pass price. Simply present a top-tier, anytime season pass from a participating Powder Alliance area and receive skiing benefits at all the rest. Angel Fire Resort opens Dec. 13 for the 2019-2020 ski season. Courtesy/AFRcenter_img Angel Fire Resort remains the only resort in the state to offer its popular night skiing and snowboarding. The terrain includes 50 acres of groomed trails on the front facing side of the mountain, as well as, the Night Rider terrain park. Additional nights and extended hours have been added to Night Skiing.   This will be the final year of the World Championship Shovel Races at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/AFR It’s the final chance to wax up a shovel and become a World Champ at the 41st Annual World Championship Shovel Races. The Angel Fire Resort Winter Carnival, featuring the last World Championship Shovel Races, will be held January 31 – February 2, 2020.Racers from all over the country compete by sitting on the scoop of a standard aluminum grainshovel, handle pointed downhill, and then lift their hands and feet to allow gravity to take them for a ride. The organized media competition of Shovel Racing has been held for 40years at Angel Fire Resort.  National news outlets including ESPN, ABC Sports, MTV, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America and The Travel Channel have featured the event.  Known as one of the “Best Family Ski Resorts in North America,” Angel Fire Resort is investing in an upgraded on-mountain web-camera, offering deep discounts for teachers and military members, and making plans for its final year of the World Championship Shovel Races.  In addition, Angel Fire Resort season pass holders are offered 3 days of free lift tickets at Powderhorn, and Ski Cooper in CO, and Ski Apache, NM.By partnering with a total of 21 resortsthis winter, Angel Fire Resort season pass holders will receive a total of 63free days of skiing at partnering resorts. Blackout dates and more details: DEDICATED PROGRAMS/ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES: Christmas Eve – Torchlight Parade/Skiing with Santa:December 24, 2019New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade –December 31, 2019Family Fun Fest: January 1 – 4, 2020 Angel Fire Mardi Gras Celebration: February 23-29, 2020Celebrate Mardi Gras in Angel Fire with live music, parades, daily special activities and a masquerade ball. AFR News: FINAL YEAR FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHOVEL RACES: Season runs December 13, 2019 – March 22, 2020Opening Day – December 13, 2019 MOUNTAIN STATS  ANGEL FIRE ― Angel Fire Resort has announced it will open Dec. 13 for the 2019-2020 ski season. Military Winterfest: February 6-9, 2020Active Duty, Retired, National Guard, Reserve, Vets, Gold Star and their families are invited to visit Angel Fire for six days of indoor and outdoor and adaptive winter activities. Visit for more details. St Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt: March 17, 2020 Telluride Mountain Film & Demo Daze Weekend: February 14, 2020 For more details about Angel Fire Resort and Angel Fire RV Resort’s winter rates, lift ticket pricing, trails and reservations visit or call 855.923.7387.last_img read more

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first_imgCOMMUNITY News:Ten Moons Collective invites the community to take the Los Alamos County Community Birth Care Survey. Ten Moons created this survey to foster understanding among community members and stakeholders around local birth preferences and needs.The information collected from this survey will be reported in aggregate—without personally identifying features—to community stakeholders, such the Los Alamos County Council, Los Alamos Community Health Council (LACHC), BabyNet Subcommittee of the LACHC, Los Alamos Medical Center and any other interested parties. Results will be provided at for anyone to view. Neither Ten Moons Collective nor its members are benefiting financially from the administration or outcome of this survey.There are 16 questions, 11 multiple choice and five open-ended questions, that should take 10 minutes or so to complete. Please answer as many questions as you feel comfortable. All survey responses will be kept completely anonymous.To take the Survey click here.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Fr. Glenn JonesSo these days we find ourselves in the midst of a health crisis … spawning an economic and financial crisis in its wake. Tanking markets. Fear, uncertainty, trepidation, worry. Isolation against an invisible enemy. Empty streets. Vacant airports. Closures. Shortages. Unemployment. Lockdowns. Dire forecasts.  Flattening, but extending, “the curve”.…Opportunity.One of the most pervasive misconceptions about the divine is that, if we are good people, God should make everything hunky-dory for us all the time. Well, for one thing, who among us is truly good? Even Jesus challenged His interlocutor: “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone” (Mark 10:18) … in one sense asking the young man: “Do you recognize me?” But more broadly, who among us has never known hardship of some kind? O whiney Christian, who in the Bible did not go through proverbial fire to reach greater holiness … greater happiness, the fruit of holiness? Abraham? Jacob? Moses? Nope. David or Solomon? Uh-uh. The prophets? Ever get thrown down a cistern like Jeremiah?How about the New Testament? John the Baptist? Lost his head. The apostles? Tortured and murdered. Jesus own mother?; certainly God would spare her? Watched her Son die on a cross. How about God’s own beloved child? Beaten, scourged, reviled, crucified. Christian saints? Nope … not a one; in fact, hardship proved their sanctity.On a related note, very many churches have closed in order to help with slowing the spread of the coronavirus. A misconception that many pious have subsequently raised is: “God wouldn’t allow people in church—His house!—to be infected!” Well, using that logic, He wouldn’t allow a church to burn either. But … remember Notre Dame? Or the tragic church shootings of recent times. The martyrdom of Bishop St. Thomas Becket, slain before the altar? Or the martyrdom of Bishop St. Oscar Romero in 1980, gunned down while celebrating Mass? Or, even more recently, 85-year-old Father Jacques Hamel in 2016 … throat slit at the altar?As God is Creator, physical laws are His laws as well … and the coronavirus will act in accordance with those laws. Therefore, like Jesus, we are not to “put the Lord to the test” just as He did not throw Himself off of the temple (Matthew 4:5-7) … just as we wouldn’t go into a burning church simply because it’s our regularly-scheduled service.So … where’s this “opportunity” I mentioned. After all, hardships are hardly appealing. But, as the saints proved themselves and their faith in hardship, we,  too, are called to remain faithful and charitable now more than ever. That is the major theme of the story of Job—that even the good may suffer even extreme loss and trial, but the righteous man/woman remains faithful nonetheless … to be rewarded by God beyond measure for that fidelity. Christians remember in times of difficulty that we are not to despair … not to love the consolations of God more than the God of consolations. He tells us: “I will put [them] into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested.They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people’; and they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’” (Zecariah 13:9)We must look beyond the present moment toward the final goal. After all, what worthwhile thing does not require effort and trial?  As St. Paul wrote: “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18) Even Jesus did not receive all that He requested in prayer … praying for deliverance from His coming passion just before His arrest. And yet, more importantly, He provided example for us in also praying to the Father: “Not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42) That is perhaps the greatest prayer of all—that we ask that God’s will be done through us, for His will IS the Good. And His will is accomplished through us when we continue in faith, and live according to His Word.Poor disciples … poor soldiers of God we would be if we fled from difficulty and hardship. Our situation today seems dire because we live in such a time and society of plenty and ease relative to times before ours. But the higher we are, the farther it is to fall. Yet someone from a poor country might be unimpressed, and ask: “What’s the big deal? You’re still living a lot better than WE do!” Perspective … perspective.Yes, when the going gets tough … the tough get going! The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche famously said: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” And so … yes, with trial comes opportunity … to teach our youth resilience, determination, strength, wise preparation, and—perhaps most of all—charity. To prove ourselves in faith, refusing to capitulate in the face of challenge. To look into hardship and say with Edmond Dantes: “Do your worst, for I shall do mine!” To be able to proclaim with St. Paul at the terminus of this situation: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7) To be lights to the world in times of the darkness of doubt through charity and kindness, for the paradox of charity is that the more we empty ourselves to help others, the more we ourselves are filled. For those temporarily without church services, consider meditating on the “Song of Songs”, a.k.a., “the Song of Solomon” in the Bible. It begins as a romantic dialogue of two lovers, followed by the bride’s emptiness when the bridegroom is lost: “I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but found him not; I called him, but he gave no answer.” (Song of Solomon 3:1). That is how Christians might feel at the present moment: where is the bridegroom? But then … reunion, and intensified love: “I found him whom my soul loves. I held him, and would not let him go…” (Solomon 3:3-4) The eternal embrace of bride and bridegroom.Does God ever forget us? Of course not. “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you. See, upon the palms of my hands I have written your name…” (Isaiah 49:15-16) God is nearer to us than we are to ourselves … and so let us come ever nearer to Him, proving ourselves by loving God and neighbor, especially in trying times … for “Jesus, I trust in You.”Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses…let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross… and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)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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