The heart of oneself

first_imgFaithLifestyle The heart of oneself by: – September 1, 2012 Tweet 49 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share The heart is one of the treasured symbols in the Bible. For us, while the head stands for thought, the heart is the seat of the emotions, another word for our love-life. When the singer croons “I lost my heart in San Francisco,” we know what he means to suggest: I fell in love in San Francisco, and for all intents and purposes my real self is still there.‘Heart’ in the Bible means all this and more. It means not only my affective life or my love-life; it means my entire inner life, my deepest self, the real me, not just what you see, or what I seem to be from the outside.Thus in Ezekiel when God plans to effect a wholesale conversion of his people, what he plans to do is to exchange their “heart of stone” for “a heart of flesh.” True contrition, he says, involves rending our hearts, not our garments. Which brings the Gospel today home to us. It is from the heart, Jesus says, that all evil intention comes; it is from the heart that all evil sources take their rise. Any moral or spiritual focus on the self thus means attending beyond the superficial surface to the underlying state of our hearts.Moral or spiritual aim in Jesus meant exactly this. We tend to focus on discrete actions – this wrong thing or that wrong thing, this bad habit or that bad habit. There was a time when Confession meant trying to remember how many times one did certain things: I cursed ten times, I stole five times, I missed Mass four times, and so on. Jesus by contrast goes beneath the things we do or their frequency to the kinds of people we are or are in the process of becoming. No good tree, he said, bears bad fruit; no bad tree produces good fruit. The emphasis is on the kind of tree involved, its substantial quality. Spiritually, too, the focus is the same. I am spiritually the kind of heart I have. When we say of a person that he or she has no heart, we don’t mean that they lack feeling. We mean that they are not life-giving; they have no empathy; their affective life enriches no one; they are basically loveless.One devotion still capable of awakening in us sense of the vitality and power of the heart is devotion to the Sacred Heart. This devotion seems to have waned over the years. Its emphasis on a guarantee of salvation for nine First Friday communions borders on magic, and the saccharine representation of the statue of Jesus with his bleeding heart outside his body has not really helped. Qualities in the human heart of Jesus, however, signifies qualities present in the heart of God himself: courage, vulnerability, care, tenderness, and compassion. We can let our imaginations linger on certain Gospel scenes – Jesus raising the only son of the (doubly bereaved) widow from Naim, and the restoration of the son to the mother; the raising of Jairus’ daughter, and ensuring that she has something to eat. Heart on these occasions is in the details. Or we can consider the silence in his treatment of the woman taken in adultery. Or the reconciling kindness of his meting with Peter and Thomas. Devotions that fall into neglect need renewal, not abandonment. Like most forms of heart distress, further arrest in Church devotion to the Sacred Heart can stopped by a healthy diet of Scripture and the best in our tradition. I have given some indications of spiritual source material. In terms of theology, I think the idea of personal consecration is one that everyone can appropriate or re-appropriate. One of the more recent Superiors General of the Jesuits, Pedro Arrupe, considered the Sacred Heart to be “a supreme spirituality.” It was his recommended aim that every Jesuit should have the heart of Jesus. But it’s not essentially a Jesuit thing. It can be everyone’s aim; it remains everyone’s challenge. It’s the heart transplant everyone needs. By: Henry Charles PhDlast_img read more

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Everton’s Keane says players can be ready in a fortnight

first_img Loading… Read Also: Federer donates $1m to vulnerable Swiss in virus crisisKeane, along with fellow players, manager Carlo Ancelotti and chairman Bill Kenwright, has also been speaking to isolated fans as part of the Liverpool club’s Blue Family campaign.“We’re helping out in the community, which is brilliant,” said Keane, who spoke on the phone to 78-year-old Everton supporter Rod.“It was great to hear the happiness in the voice when I gave him a call. He said it made his day, and it made mine as well.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The coronavirus pandemic has seen professional football in England suspended until at least April 30.Premier League clubs are due to meet on April 3 to discuss what the English top flight does next.“All the lads have been sent individual training programmes to carry out at home,” Keane told Talksport radio.“It’s not easy because you’ve not got the normal equipment, you’ve just got to improvise and do what you can.“The Premier League could start again in a month, it could be longer.“So we’ve just got to keep that base level of fitness. As long as we get a couple of weeks’ proper training before the next game – and the lads have worked hard in the meantime – we’ll be fine.”The centre-back said Everton’s backroom staff were monitoring the players’ progress.“We log on with the sessions we’ve done, and they keep an eye on what we’re doing and gauge our fitness from that,” he added. Everton and England defender Michael Keane said on Wednesday that players will be able to return to Premier League action after only a “couple of weeks’ proper training”.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Boys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role Models8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more

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Toure inspires City to victory

first_img Fit-again Toure teed up Edin Dzeko’s 24th goal of the season before firing his 23rd as Manuel Pellegrini’s men capitalised on Liverpool’s 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea. City closed within three points of the Anfield league leaders and just one of the second-placed Blues, thanks to a Toure masterclass as muscular as it was meticulous. Yaya Toure’s peerless midfield play dragged Manchester City back into the Barclays Premier League title race in a controlled 2-0 win at Crystal Palace. Palace’s first-half forays remained scant however, with Delaney forced to intervene as Aguero hared towards Samir Nasri’s smart return ball in the home area. Jason Puncheon might boast four goals in April, but Palace’s form midfielder could find no power with a 20-yard shot. Dzeko failed to connect with a far-post cross, Dann had to cut out Pablo Zabaleta’s knock-down destined for Aguero, and Vincent Kompany headed wide from the corner. So often City’s central force, Toure then sealed his side’s dominance with a goal of effortless class, but brutal build-up. The Ivory Coast star played a simple one-two with Dzeko, then saw no reason not to repeat the feat with Nasri. Rumbling into the Palace box, with defender Delaney stumbling in desperation, Toure set himself, and dinked the ball past bystander Speroni. Palace grafted for the half’s last word, but Jerome could not reach Puncheon’s teasing cross. Marouane Chamakh wasted a chance to test the shaky Martin Demichelis after the break, firing a loose pass past Bolasie when he could have scythed on undeterred. Another sumptuous Toure chip nearly set James Milner free, before the former Barcelona fulcrum scuffed a cut-back cross after outstripping Joel Ward. One more long-range curling effort that sailed over the bar proved Toure’s final offering, the rangy midfielder withdrawn just past the hour in a clear protective measure from Pellegrini. Palace may have been subdued on the field, but the home support was determined to toast Premier League safety, and manager Pulis’ sterling turnaround job. Aguero had a gilt-edged opportunity to extend City’s lead, only to lead with the outside of his right boot and clip the ball straight at Speroni. Palace’s highly-rated keeper then kept out Dzeko’s shot despite a wicked deflection off Dann. Tom Ince had a half-hearted penalty claim rebuffed by referee Howard Webb as Palace fought to capitalise on Toure’s early departure. City were not to be denied though, leaving London with a credible title chase tucked into the bag. Toure and his team-mates are now able to draw level on points with Brendan Rodgers’ men, given victory at Palace and their game in hand. City have a trip to Everton and home clashes with Aston Villa and West Ham still to come while Liverpool travel to Palace next, before hosting Newcastle at Anfield on Sunday May 11, the final day of the season. Toure needed just four minutes to wrestle control, returning after missing two matches with thigh trouble. The 30-year-old chipped an inch-perfect free-kick into the Palace box, positively begging Dzeko to bisect Scott Dann and Damien Delaney. The 28-year-old Bosnia striker had little option but to ghost onto the cross and nod the visitors into the lead. Liverpool’s Anfield hiccup against Chelsea cracked the door, but Toure and company booted it open in south London. City’s early goal quelled any nerves, evident when Sergio Aguero’s ambitious overhead kick zipped just over Julian Speroni’s crossbar. Tony Pulis has whipped Palace into far sterner shape than to fold however, and the hosts threatened when Yannick Bolasie’s cross almost reached Cameron Jerome. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Firefighter injured battling house blaze in Charles City

first_imgCHARLES CITY — A firefighter has been injured after battling a house fire in Charles City on Wednesday night. The Charles City Fire Department says they were called to 200 Kelly Street at about 9:30 last night. On arrival, they found smoke coming from the eaves of the home as well as observed fire on the second story of the residence. The department was able to extinguish the fire within 15 minutes. The Fire Department says one firefighter sustained a minor injury and refused treatment at the scene. No other injuries were reported. The home is owned by Michael Vanderslice. Nobody was in the house at the time firefighters arrived. The cause of the fire remains under investigation with the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office being called in to assist with the investigation.last_img read more

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2018 PBA Draft: CJ Perez, Ray Parks, Robert Bolick lead 48 hopefuls

first_imgView comments ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Columbian Dyip, who own the rights to the top overall pick, had already bared their intention to select Perez as No. 1.Perez led the Lyceum Pirates to back-to-back trips to the NCAA Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissParks and Bolick, however, may have something to say about that as their accolades speak for themselves.The 25-year-old Parks may be a rookie but his experience would say otherwise as a member of Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League where he’s already won a title and two local MVP awards. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Bolick, meanwhile, has the unquestioned championship pedigree as an instrumental part of the San Beda Red Lions’ three-peat in the NCAA.The 23-year-old Bolick and Mocon led the Red Lions’ NCAA Finals sweep of Perez and the Pirates in 2017 and 2018.Other notable names who also applied for the draft are Matt Salem, Trevis Jackson, Tey Teodoro, Michael Calisaan, JP Calvo, Robbie Manalang, CJ Isit, Kyles Lao and Diego Dario.Desiderio and Dario, who are coming off a UAAP Finals run with University of the Philippines, were the last two players to apply for the draft.Desiderio played a vital role in propelling UP to its first UAAP Finals appearance in 32 years.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Loss to Mei Yamaguchi, ‘great learning experience’ for Jomary Torres Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Robert Bolick celebrates after San Beda completed another three-peat. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCJ Perez, Ray Parks and Robert Bolick are tipped to be the first three picks out of the 48 aspirants in the coming 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.Joining the three are the likes of Javee Mocon, Bong Quinto and Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter who are also expected to be picked early in the draft set on Saturday at Robinson’s Place Manila.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomlast_img read more

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