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He who has will be given more, and he shall have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away

first_img Share Photo credit: wendesdaynightservice.comIn today’s parable the seed that God sows is his Word. He sows it everywhere, with scant regard for where it falls, because it can grow anywhere. This is the point of the seed also falling on inhospitable ground. All it needs is careful nurture. Wherever it receives nurture, it grows and blossoms.  Where it does not, for whatever reason(s), it shrivels and dies.Each ground represents a particular kind of person, according to the interpretation in the text itself. Equally possible, perhaps, is the interpretation that the different grounds represent one person at different times or in different seasons. We are all sometimes lax, sometimes distracted, sometimes led astray, sometimes receptive. Becoming fruitful ground requires attentive cultivation no matter what the particular time or season of our life. When the ground is receptive, fruitfulness always follows.In another saying of Jesus what God sows is not the (seed of his) Word but (the seed of) different talents. This is the second important environment of sowing. That parable too includes the cryptic saying that he who has will be given more, and he shall have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.  Both parables deal with what one may call the dynamics of increase. In the first, the fruitfulness of the Word depends on our receptivity. The more receptive we are, the Word becomes actual and the more fruit it bears; the less receptive we are, the more de-activated the Word remains, and the more and more diminished becomes its capacity for fruit-bearing.In the second parable the servant who receives five talents from his master, trades with them, and creates five more. The servant who receives two, does the same, and creates two more. The one who receives one talent goes away and does nothing. He buries the talent in the ground, and gets a thorough dressing down for inactivity.Where did the last servant go wrong?  Why was it not prudential to play it safe? Perhaps he distrusted banks, or had no faith in the stock market.  He may have said to himself: putting the money in those places is a risk – who knows if the bank will fail or the market collapse (and of course both have done so): at least this way, I know where the money is; this route is entirely free of risk.The basic import of dynamics of increase lies just here, I think.  The parable is not talking about finances and investment, but about our human potential, the basic endowment God bestows on each of us. Different people receive different things, this here, that there. But how is any potential realized, whatever we receive? It is not by de-activation or playing it safe, but by being open and receptive to possibilities.  This is how human potential is realized.  Consider, for example, the situation of someone feeling called to do something for others, to make some commitment for justice, for example, human rights, or some cause larger than their own interests.  We have had several heroic examples in this century, and we continue to have them in a variety of ways, big and small. It’s a summons to give themselves over to something larger than themselves.  Before embarking on it, perhaps even during the process, they find themselves asking themselves: why am I doing this?  Why should I?  I have no idea what will become of it; I have no idea who will take it on; it may end up being just piece of vanity, and a waste of time.The fact is before you venture forth, you can’t see anything – or better, what you see is only in your heart. So the temptation is to settle for more safety, less risk, for something visible and tangible.  The person who feels called to something beyond self-interest, and backs off is like the servant who buries potential in the ground.  Often such a person remains forever haunted by a road not taken, a possibility unexplored, a life unfinished.  Whatever they had before, the life they had, is taken away. When the summons is obeyed, on the other hand, they find heightened life where they anticipated only frustration and trial.  He who has, in other words, will be given more and he will have an abundance; from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.By: Father Henry Charles Ph. d FaithLifestyleLocalNews He who has will be given more, and he shall have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away by: – July 9, 2011 43 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Eguavoen: Rohr deserves new contract

first_img Loading… ”Genort Rhor has done well, he deserves a new contract, but he must be resident here in Nigeria to help us develop our league and our football, Eguavoen added. Read Also:Ex-Super Eagles coach tells Rohr what to do to home-based players ”I don’t think that should be a big deal, Rohr deserves a contract but I want him more here in the country than out there. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Super Eagles Captain and coach, Austin Eguavoen, has backed coach Genort Rohr for a new contract on the  condition that he must stay in Nigeria. Rohr Living in Nigeria, according to Cerezo will afford him time to watch over our local players and also help develop the local football. “Westerhoff did the same while coaching the super Eagles team and players back home in the league had access to him directly”, He said.Advertisementlast_img read more

Munster finish European Champions Cup campaign with comfortable win at Treviso

first_img Munster thought they had their third try three minutes into the second half when CJ Stander was driven over the line, b ut the referee called it back as Keatley was lining up a conversion and ruled the Ireland squad member had knocked on. However, Murray made sure they had their score after 50 minutes. The scrum-half sold Lazzaroni with a dummy and ghosted through to score following a lineout on the 22-metre line. And the bonus point finally came for Munster in the 66th minute thanks to a fantastic break from replacement Jack O’Donoghue. The centre cut through in his own half and raced downfield before feeding O’Mahony, who crashed over at the corner to claim his second try of the match and a comfortable win. Early tries from Ronan O’Mahony and David Kilcoyne looked to have seen-off the Italian challenge b ut, buoyed by the strength of their pack, Treviso got back in it thanks to a drive-over try from Marco Lazzaroni just before half-time. But Conor Murray strolled through to score in the second half, before O’Mahony sealed the bonus point and a comfortable win for Anthony Foley’s side, who were already out of the Champions Cup. Stade Francais’ victory over table-toppers Leicester ensured Munster finished third with Treviso propping up Pool Four. It took only five minutes for Munster to break the Treviso line. The Munster pack constructed a powerful drive and shunted the Italians back. Scrum-half Murray darted off the back of a maul and found wing O’Mahony, who powered through the defensive line to break clear and score. Ian Keatley converted for an early 7-0 advantage, and the Irish province were able to build on their lead 12 minutes later. A Simon Zebo break forced the winless Italians to illegally slow the ball down at a ruck, and referee Alexandre Ruiz awarded a penalty. Murray took a quick tap and go from deep inside Treviso territory and found prop Kilcoyne, who barged over to score a second converted try. But the Treviso pack began to flex their muscles and they got their reward on 37 minutes. Munster flanker Billy Holland went offside at a promising rolling maul, and was sent to the sin-bin, with the hosts making their man advantage count as they shunted the resulting lineout over the line for Lazzaroni to score. Press Association Munster finished their European Champions Cup campaign with a flourish in a bonus-point 28-5 triumph at Benetton Treviso.last_img read more

Liriano Ks 9 in Pirates debut, beats Mets 11-2

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano throws against the New York Mets during the first inning of a baseball game at Citi Field on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)by Rick Freeman, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Liriano struck out nine and pitched into the sixth inning to win his debut with Pittsburgh and help the Pirates beat the New York Mets 11-1 on Saturday.Jordy Mercer homered twice and Jose Tabata had four hits, including a two-run shot the Pirates, who teed off on left-hander Jonathon Niese, finally chasing him during a big fifth inning.The Mets have struggled to score at home, but Niese (2-4) would have put any team in a hole. He tied a career high by allowing eight runs, and walked more batters than he struck out for the fourth time in eight starts this season.Liriano (1-0), returning from a broken non-throwing arm, allowed one run in 5 1-3 innings and 90 pitches. He gave up six hits and two walks.The Pirates jumped on Niese early, and finally drove him out of the game in the fifth.Mercer hit a solo shot after third baseman David Wright made a nifty barehanded play to throw out Starling Marte, and Tabata hit an RBI double off the base of the wall in center field.Michael McKenry followed with a two-run single off reliever Scott Atchison and Clint Barmes followed with an RBI single before Liriano popped foul to end the inning.In the bottom of the seventh, reliever Bryan Morris hit pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin with his first pitch. The night before, Valdespin hit a long home run and took a long time admiring its trajectory. As Valdespin prepared to take his base Saturday, Pirates catcher McKenry appeared to turn and say something to him, but Valdespin just walked to first.When he returned to the dugout after the inning, he threw his helmet in the corner and angrily stripped off his batting gloves while no one acknowledged him. Over on the Pittsburgh side, Morris received fist bumps from manager Clint Hurdle and plenty of his teammates.Niese, who had never lost to the Pirates before, He gave up eight hits and three walks with a strikeout before leaving with one out in the fifth. He also allowed eight runs July 27 at Arizona last season.Liriano agreed to a contract with Pittsburgh in the offseason, but broke his right arm on Dec. 25, the day before he was supposed to fly to Pittsburgh and sign a $12.75 million, two-year contract. Liriano, who said he was injured when he slapped a door in his house, signed a revised offer and prepared for a delayed start to the season.After a late-spring injury to Jeff Karstens and the release of Jonathan Sanchez, the Pirates needed the help in their rotation.And Liriano delivered. He set the first seven batters down in order, and the Mets didn’t get anyone to third base until the sixth inning, when Justin Turner singled with Wright on first and one out. Marlon Byrd hit a tough dribbler down the third base line that Brandon Inge charged, but he mishandled the transfer to his throwing hand on a play that was ruled a single.The Mets put two runners on in the fourth inning after Byrd’s two-out single. But Liriano struck out Andrew Brown. He fanned Daniel Murphy to end the fifth after Tejada’s double.Barmes hit an RBI single in the second inning and Tabata hit a two-run homer in the third, after McCutchen’s RBI single.The game was delayed 47 minutes by rain in the middle of the ninth. When play resumed, Andrew Brown led off with a solo home run off left-hander Tony Watson.NOTES: Saturday was Banner Day at Citi Field. Fans trooped Mets-themed banners around the warning track before the game, in the second year of revived tradition that had gone from 1963-1996 before it stopped. … The Pirates have homered in 12 of their last 13 games and 19 of 22. … New York has scored 31 runs in its last 12 home games. The 11 runs they allowed were a season-worst at home. … Pittsburgh right-hander Jeanmar Gomez (2-0) is expected to make his third start of the season in the finale of the four-game series on Sunday. He’ll face Mets rookie RHP Matt Harvey (4-0). … Tabata singled in the seventh for the third four-hit game of his career.last_img read more

Downtown Olympia Sparkles for the Holidays

first_imgFacebook119Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by the City of OlympiaDecember 1, 2013 marks the start of the First Annual Olympia Downtown Decorating Contest in concert with the Downtown for the Holidays Tree Lighting Ceremony in Sylvester Park. The Downtown Decorating Contest, hosted by the Parking & Business Improvement Area (PBIA) will feature over 70 downtown Olympia small businesses that have come together to light up downtown this holiday season. We encourage people come down and see the beautiful decorations that will provide a festive mood for the Holidays and to see what the small businesses of Downtown Olympia have to offer for your gift giving and daily needs.Storefront decoration displays will be voted on by the public at ItsYourOlympia.com. Voting runs from December 1 – 15, providing many opportunities to drive, walk and shop around Olympia downtown businesses.All voters will be entered to win great downtown prize packages donated by participating businesses. Two first place winners will each receive a prize packages valued at $500 and five second place winners will each receive $200 in downtown gifts! The drawing will take place on December 16 and winners will be notified via email.  Prizes may be picked up at Courtyard Antiques and Home Décor at 705 4th Ave East.“It has been fun planning this event for the Downtown and our wishes are that everyone enjoys the event as much as we have” says Mary Corso, owner of Courtyard Antiques and Home Décor, “And we are looking forward to seeing the Olympia city lights shine from miles away!”last_img read more

Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, Representatives Steve Tharinger and Richard…

first_imgFacebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Capitol Land TrustIn such a divisive political climate, it was a breath of fresh air to see so many players – foresters, farmers, natural resource agencies, real estate professionals – all rallied behind the need to improve the health of our lands for people and nature.Capitol Land Trust celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a fundraiser to support its mission to conserve natural areas and working lands in southwest Washington. Over 600 diverse community leaders, businesses, and elected officials – from both sides of the aisle – attended the program. Capitol Land Trust often educates community leaders like the 2016 Leadership Thurston County class, which took a tour of the Randall Reserve last spring. Photo credit: Kelsey BrowneNew Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, shared her vision for how the Department of Natural Resources can help Washington’s environments and economies become more resilient. She is leading a 20-year vision to improve the health of Washington’s forests to stabilize revenue generation, increase recreation opportunities, strengthen habitat and be less vulnerable to catastrophic wildfires. Franz said, “Our task is to rebuild our environmental, economic and civic foundations to expand opportunities for the next generations. Together as a state, we can work to restore and protect our forests, tidelands and farmlands, and make our environments and our communities more resilient to our changing world.”Representative Steve Tharinger (Democrat 24th District) and Representative Richard DeBolt (Republican 20th District) were recognized for their bi-partisan leadership on the Capital Budget Committee and passing the $11.2 million Washington Coast Restoration Initiative in the last biennium.Twenty-two projects from the Makah Tribe to the Columbia River put people to work by restoring forests and rivers, at the same time improving salmon habitat, increasing recreational access, reducing risk to infrastructure from flooding, and building sustainability in natural resource industries like fishing and forestry. The program has already created 75 jobs.Preserving native prairie, streams and waterways and farmland are all priorities for Capitol Land Trust. Photo courtesy: Capitol Land Trust.Restoring land can reduce risks of flooding, drought and fire. Restoration projects also create jobs for local construction contractors, fishermen, foresters, and engineers.Capitol Land Trust completed three projects under the program including their recent purchase of the 312-acre Darlin Creek Preserve near Capitol State Forest. They hired local contractors to remove a culvert and replace it with a 60-foot steel bridge, opening a mile of stream for coho and steelhead spawning. The preserve will be open to the public for hiking. They also used innovative techniques to reconnect wetlands and reduce flooding hazards on their preserve near Tilley Road in Thurston County.Executive Director, Amanda Reed said, “These projects have been critical to improving wetland function, protecting against flooding, and expanding salmon spawning habitat in the Black River. We hired 14 local contractors and used 8 local suppliers. We could not have done this work without funding from the Washington Coast Restoration Initiative, and I hope the legislature fully funds the program again this year. About Capitol Land TrustCapitol Land Trust is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to conserving and caring for the unique natural areas and working lands within southwest Washington. Since 1987, Capitol Land Trust has worked with partners to permanently protect more than 14 miles of Puget Sound shoreline and 5,800 acres in Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor and Lewis Counties.last_img read more

SA identifies key growth sectors

first_img6 August 2007South Africa’s industrial policy has identified four key economic sectors whose growth potential will be used to promote the government’s objectives of shared economic growth and job creation.Addressing the launch of the national industrial policy framework, Trade and Industry Minster Mandisi Mphahlwa said the policy assessed the country’s economic performance in various sectors.The South African government has identified several sectors to achieve its Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative (Asgi-SA), which aims for 6% economic growth by 2010 and to halve poverty and unemployment by 2014.Four key sectorsAs per the framework, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will give special attention to the capital, transport equipment and metals fabrication sector; the automotives and components sector, the chemicals, plastic fabrication and pharmaceuticals sector, and the forestry, pulp and paper and furniture sectors.According to DTI chief director of trade policy, Nimrod Zalk, the capital, transport, equipment and metals sector has the potential to position itself as the major future exporter to the African continent and beyond.The country’s capital goods, metal fabrication and transport equipment sectors contributed to 2% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and accounted for 18% of manufacturing jobs, which stood at 216 263 in 2005.However, Zalk said the that sector faced challenges that including low expenditure on public infrastructure, uncompetitive pricing of raw materials, lower than optimal mining investment, skills development as well as ageing foundry and tooling industries.The framework also calls for the country to take advantage of the government’s R410-billion capital expenditure programme, by increasing local manufacturing capacity, reducing required imports for the programme from 40% to 30%.Manufacturers are also called on to capitalise from the current global boom mining and mineral processing.Zalk told BuaNews that the automotive and components sector contributed 8% to South Africa’s GDP, with vehicle production growing from 388 442 units in 1995 to 615 000 in 2006. During the same period, new vehicle imports grew from 15 764 to 179 869.Ensuring transformationEmployment in the sector also rose from 277 400 in 1995 to 306 500 in 2006, and Zalk said there was an opportunity for South Africa to double its vehicle production to 1.2-million units by 2020.He added that the sector faces challenges such as the establishment of a long-term investment environment, insufficient local component manufacturing capability and slow transformation.“By September 2007, we will implement a three-year supplier development programme aimed at raising local content by improving manufacturing processes along the value chain,” he said.“We will also formulate an empowerment plan by March 2008 to fast-track transformation in the sector.”Zalk said that the chemicals, plastic fabrication and pharmaceuticals industry comprised a well-developed capital-intensive upstream industry and a more labour-intensive downstream plastics industry“Collectively, all the three contributed 2.8% to GDP in 2006. Basic and other chemicals employed 64 285 people and plastics 39 893,” he said, adding that the pharmaceutical industry employed 10 000 people with local production worth R9.5-billion.Zalk said the forestry sector contributed R14-billion to GDP in 2006 and employs more than 170 000 people, with “the potential to bring jobs and income to poor rural communities”.He said the forestation of 100 000 hectares in the Eastern Cape over the next 10 years had the potential to contribute R215-million to GDP, creating 26 000 jobs at the plantation level and 1 700 at primary processing level.Again, a similar initiative, covering at least 40 000 hectares in KwaZulu-Natal is expected to contribute R500-million to GDP over the next decade, creating 15 000 jobs in plantations and 429 jobs in primary processing level.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

St. Benilde, San Beda sweep their way to NCAA table tennis titles

first_imgAlso joining Jacolo in the St. Benilde paddlers squad are Serknight Benoy, Joshua Padilla, and James Sy with coach Rudolph Palermo calling the shots.Meanwhile, the Lady Red Paddlers cruised to their fifth straight women’s division championship led by coach Kurt de Guzman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTournament MVP Abrianne Dominique Nuevao anchored the San Beda crew, alongside Angelica Sanchez, Kryslyn Manez, and Rismae Bernal, in the 11-game winning streak.San Beda also conquered the juniors’ tournament, with MVP Ryan Daniel Jurado leading the Junior Red Paddlers to their seventh straight crown. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:27NCAA Season 93 Preview: St. Benilde Blazers04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH St. Benilde and San Beda stamped their class in the NCAA Season 93 table tennis  competition, ruling their respective divisions Tuesday at Harrison Plaza Activity Center in Manila.Tournament MVP Ryan Rodney Jacolo led the Blazers to their fourth straight crown in the men’s division in the 11-game sweep including the last win over Letran.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Also-ran Mapua snaps 11-game skid, eliminates St. Benilde Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Report Payet set for shock West Ham comeback

first_imgDimitri Payet’s representatives have offered West Ham United the opportunity to re-sign their former star player this summer, claims The GuardianThe France international had left the Hammers two years ago in some rather controversial circumstances, that had soured his relationship with the club, for a return back to Marseille.Payet had handed in a transfer request to the West Ham board in the middle of the 2016/17 campaign after growing discontent with life at the club.However, the London club stood firm and rejected the request.But Payet eventually did seal his dream return to Marseille in a £25m deal after his refusal to play for West Ham any longer.Marseille needing to replace Florian Thauvin Taimoor Khan – September 12, 2019 Florian Thauvin is out of action due to an ankle injury which means that Olympique de Marseille have to quickly seek a solution. It’s…Although, the 31-year-old apparently does still hold some affection for his former club and is now understood to be keen on a reunion due to Manuel Pellegrini’s appointment as the new head coach.The new West Ham boss is concerned about the reaction of the club supporters and has taken to consulting his senior players over the move before taking any final decision, despite the fact that he is currently in the market for a creative player.Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is understood to be in negotiations over joining West Ham this summer, although Payet may still have a chance at rejoining the club due to Manuel Lanzini’s long-term injury.But the Frenchman will first have to prove his own fitness, having suffered a big injury of his own in Marseille’s Europa League final defeat to Atletico Madrid back in May – which saw him miss out on a place for the World Cup with France.last_img read more

Napolis 50 defeat to Liverpool burns admits Ancelotti

first_imgNapoli’s 5-0 thrashing to Liverpool this weekend has left new manager Carlo Ancelotti feeling rattled with less than two weeks before their opening game of the new Serie A seasonThe Partenopei were unable to respond after James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno sealed an emphatic 5-0 win for Liverpool in Dublin on Saturday with new goalkeeper Alisson making his debut for the club.While Liverpool celebrated the win, Ancelotti was clearly left unsettled with the untimely blow to their preparations for his maiden campaign in charge of Napoli.“To lose always burns and to concede five goals must bother us,” said Ancelotti, as quoted by FourFourTwo.“We tried to play it openly, with the guys we are doing a job a bit different than in the past and we have lost the ball so many times.“After the difficult start we were at their level, but we were exposed to the counter-attack, which is their best weapon.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It takes some time for things to become natural and I also believe that some things have been done well.“We could have played a more defensive game but I did not want to do it, we do not need it, because we have to build against a team like Liverpool.”“After the difficult start we were at their level, but we were exposed to the counter-attack, which is their best weapon.“It takes some time for things to become natural and I also believe that some things have been done well.“We could have played a more defensive game but I did not want to do it, we do not need it, because we have to build against a team like Liverpool.”Napoli will face Lazio for their opening game of the new Serie A season on August 18.last_img read more