Humility and Witness

first_img 28 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Photo credit: katenasser.comThis weekend I would like to explore two qualities in John the Baptist that are worth noting, namely, his humility and his witness. I am not the one, he made it clear; that someone is coming after me. He is greater than I. I am not worthy to untie his sandal straps, He will do things I cannot do.John was not tempted to detract in any way from the significance of Jesus. He wasn’t the real thing, he insisted; he was just a forerunner — and he was fully content with that. And there you have the first and perhaps the most important element in humility. Humility is standing in the truth. It is being just what you are, and only that, without falsification or distortion. Another way of putting this is to say that humility means a just estimate of oneself. If you were Picasso, for example, it would not a mark of humility to say: “I can just about hold a paint brush.” On the other hand, it would be a mark of humility to say: “I know a few things about painting.” Not ‘everything,’ you note. Who knows everything?The people who enshrine humility and disclose it for the rest of us are people who are really good at what they do (about goodness itself, too) and say ‘all I know is a little about this or a little about that,’ where a little is a great deal. Humility is seeing oneself or evaluating oneself “in the broad scheme of things.” You can see how far removed it is from putting yourself down or making yourself a doormat and letting people walk all over you.John was a humble man. He was also a witness, that is, he publicly attested to what he believed. Witness is a public activity or a public stance. Jesus was therefore a witness. Indeed, from the point of view of faith, he was the primary witness. He who sees me, he said openly, sees the Father. The thief on the cross and the centurion on the ground also gave witness — public testimony — to Jesus crucified.Public witness may or may not involve speech. It does not mean that all you talk about all the time is what you believe. If you did that, people would soon avoid being where you were. They would walk away from the water-cooler when they saw you coming.On the other hand, witness is not silence. It is a public attestation. Thus, I cannot prefer silence to being public. That is close to being ashamed of bearing witness. I must have the courage to speak when speech is required or when speech is necessary.I have always admired street preachers. What they do takes a great deal of courage, considering how easily they are dismissed and how indifferently the public usually treats them.The best witness, of course, is public example. If your public self is genuinely your real self, your witness has integrity. The real self need not be perfect, of course. What matters is approximation. The closer you approximate to your ideals, the more influential your witness becomes.The martyr has always been considered the ideal witness – understandably, of course. When I give my life for what I believe, I give my all. I have nothing left to give.Many people do that too without dying, which is perhaps more routinely difficult witness — the daily witness, one day after another, in public and in private, That is both rare and special, and I am sure we know many people like that. They resemble John the Baptist in that their lives point beyond themselves. They go before the One they serve, and they do so without fuss, in fidelity and humility.By: Father Henry Charles PhD Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Humility and Witness by: – December 12, 2011last_img read more

Girls And Boys Soccer Semi-State Scores

first_imgGirls Class 1A Soccer Semi-States @ Evansville Mater Dei.Lawrenceburg  3     Heritage Christian  1   (OT)Gibson Southern  1     Park Tudor  0   (OT)Championship:  Gibson Southern  3     Lawrenceburg  1Boys Class 1A Soccer Semi-States @ Floyd Central.Providence  2     Oldenburg Academy  0last_img

Marie E. Wessling

first_imgMarie E. Wessling, age 77 of Batesville, died Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Arbor Grove Village in Greensburg.  Born September 6, 1938 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Agnes (Nee: Bohman) and Joseph Wessling.  She was a member of St. Louis Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1130.For Marie, work was her life & hobby.  She spent 51 years at Hillenbrand’s as the switchboard operator and customer service contact before retiring in 2014 in addition to working as a sales clerk at CVS part time for 20 years.  At Hillenbrand’s she set the standard for customer service going beyond her required duties and earned a reputation for being able to find anyone anywhere!  She was the voice of Batesville Casket for five decades.  Marie enjoyed going out to eat with family and friends and breakfast was her favorite. As a lifelong member of St. Louis Church, her faith was important to her.  Family was extremely significant to Marie.  It meant a great deal to her to be able to care for her parents in their later years.  Her great nieces and nephews were like grandchildren to her and she delighted in attending all of their academic, athletic and musical events.  On a lighter note, Marie was famous for her jello salads at family events and her close connections with Becky’s Best Cakes.  She prided herself in finding a good bargain and was excited to share the deal.She is survived by her brother Joe (Elaine) Wessling of Batesville; nephew Neal (Deb) Wessling of Batesville; niece Gail (Tim) Timonera of Homestead, Florida; great nieces Kayla and Kendra Wessling and great nephews Blaine and Bryce Timonera.  She is preceded in death by her parents.Visitation is Friday, April 1st, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home with a rosary service at 4 p.m.  Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2nd at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to St. Louis School or the Hansen Center.last_img read more

Pershy, Olson grab Davenport wins

first_imgBy Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (April 21) – Chilly weather conditions couldn’t stop the Koehler Electric season opener at Davenport Speedway Friday night.The Eriksen Chevrolet IMCA Modified feature belonged to Jason Pershy. Pershy led all 20 laps en route to the win.Pershy looked like he was going to be challenged for a while by Stephan Kammerer, who came from eighth starting position using the high side of the track. When the top groove went away, Kammerer slid back to finish third. Rob Toland would take second. Matt Werner and Mitch Morris were fourth and fifth respectively.Tony Olson took up where he left off last season in Hawkeye Auto IMCA SportMod action. The defending track champion dominated his feature. Ben Chapman fought his way to a second place finish, with Andrew Burk taking third. Rick Wages made a late race charge to finish fourth while Jake Morris completed the first five.The IMCA Late Model point season starts Friday, April 28.last_img read more

February 17, 2019 Police Blotter

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Gov. Holcomb Honors Businesses for Longevity, Service to Hoosier Workforce

first_imgStatewide– Tuesday, Governor Eric J. Holcomb awarded 76 Indiana companies and organizations with the Governor’s Century or Half Century Business Award in recognition of each company’s longevity and service to its employees, community and the state. “It is an honor to recognize Hoosier business leaders who have been creating quality career opportunities for Hoosiers and running their businesses in Indiana for more than 50 or 100 years,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Through a strong dedication to their employees, their businesses, and their communities, these companies exemplify the pioneering spirit and perseverance that will keep Indiana on the path to success for centuries to come.”The Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards honor Hoosier businesses that have remained in operation for a minimum of 100 or 50 consecutive years and have demonstrated a commitment to community service. More than 1,560 Indiana companies have been recognized during the award’s 29-year history.Century Award honorees for 2020:Bruns-Gutzwiller Inc. (Construction)100 years; Ripley CountyHalf-Century Award honorees for 2020:Centra Credit Union (Financial Services)80 years; Bartholomew CountyDearborn County Federal Credit Union (Financial Services)58 years; Dearborn CountyDecatur County Memorial Hospital (Health Care)98 years; Decatur Countylast_img read more

Schumacher in Paris hospital for secret treatment

first_imgRelatedPosts Hamilton wins Tuscan Grand Prix Alonso cleared for Indy 500 after US visa hurdle Valtteri Bottas wins Austrian Grand Prix Formula One legend champion Michael Schumacher has been admitted to a hospital in the French capital for “secret treatment”, according to a report. The German seven-times world champion suffered serious head injuries in a 2013 skiing accident in the French Alps and has not been seen in public since. Le Parisien newspaper said Schumacher was admitted under tight guard on Monday to the Georges-Pompidou hospital, without citing its sources. The French publication said the 50-year-old would undergo cutting-edge treatment based on stem-cell transfusion by French surgeon Philippe Menasche. The treatment was scheduled to be administered on Tuesday, it added. The Paris hospitals authority, citing France’s strict medical privacy rules, said it could not comment on the newspaper’s report. There was no comment either by Schumacher’s long-time manager, Sabine Kehn. Citing sources it did not name, Le Parisien said Schumacher has been treated at least twice previously at the Georges-Pompidou hospital, admitted each time under a false name and treated by a small medical team. Le Parisien published a photo of a yellow and blue ambulance with Geneva plates that it said drove Schumacher to the hospital on Monday afternoon. Inside, he was taken to a first-floor cardiovascular unit on a gurney with a dark-blue covering that hid his face and body, it said. It said about 10 security agents, some equipped with earphones, watched over the patient. After his accident in the French Alps, Schumacher was placed in a drug-induced coma, from which he later emerged. Since September 2014, he has been cared for at home on the shores of Lake Geneva. In January, Schumacher’s family released a statement saying he was in “the very best of hands”. His family fiercely protects his privacy. Thick forest surrounding his castle-like home with high surrounding walls provides sanctuary from fan and media intrusion. Schumacher remains motor racing’s most successful driver, with a record 91 Grand Prix wins. His first two titles were with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before going on to win five in a row with Ferrari between 2000-2004.Tags: formula oneMichael SchumacherPhilippe Menaschelast_img read more

Former Broward Sheriff Released from Hospital after COVID Scare

first_imgFormer Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has been released from the hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.Israel revealed to 850WFTL that he was never in the ICU and is expected to make a full recovery by primary election day August 18th.Israel is running against appointed sheriff Gregory Tony.Israel confirmed reports of the news with a statement:“Tonight I am being discharged from the Delray Medical Center. My fight with COVID-19 is not over but my condition has improved enough that my place in the hospital could be taken by another fighting this virus. I return home tonight grateful to finish out my treatment and recuperation and to strengthen for the coming days,” Israel, 64, wrote in part. “I want to thank the thousands of friends and supporters who reached out to me and my family over the past 48 hours. We were overwhelmed by your prayers and offers of support.”Israel confirmed in a prior statement that he tested positive for the virus Tuesday night.“After experiencing symptoms over the past several days and at the urging of family and friends, I decided to take another coronavirus test. This time, unfortunately, the test was positive,” wrote Israel.“Like most of you, I took precautions, followed the advice of health experts, wore a mask in public, washed my hands regularly and observed social distancing. Yet, despite this vigilance, I have contracted the virus. My outlook is positive, my faith is strong, and I rest in the strong support of loving family, friends and colleagues.”Israel, who was treated at Delray Medical Center, said that his campaign will continue even as he will be quarantined while recovering from the virus.He’s running to unseat Sheriff Gregory Tony, who was installed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to lead the Broward Sheriff’s Office in January 2019 after the governor removed Israel in the fallout of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shootings.They’re both considered frontrunners on the ballot for the Democratic primary on Aug. 18 despite both facing a vote of no-confidence from their deputies.Tony’s campaign posted a tweet Wednesday saying: “Wishing good health and a speedy recovery to Scott Israel. Some things matter more than politics. Scott and his family will be in my thoughts.”Israel ended his initial statement with a message to the public: “Please protect one another, love one another, stay vigilant and fight, fight, fight for the health and safety of our community,” he wrote.last_img read more

USC hosts 5th Women’s Empowerment Conference

first_imgOn Saturday, the 5th annual Women’s Empowerment Conference was held on USC’s campus, drawing nearly 100 high school girls who visited campus for a day of inspirational speakers and empowerment workshops.‘Know your worth’ · Alanah Joseph, president of Maxwell Avenue, encouraged girls to take advantage of workplace changes regarding gender. – Macaul Hodge | Daily TrojanThe event was hosted by Maxwell Avenue, a fashion and lifestyle brand, in conjunction with USC TriO Educational Talent Search. The ETS is a nonprofit program unit, which aims to promote education and better living to kids from low-income backgrounds, and Maxwell Avenue’s brand name has become an emblem of female empowerment and accomplishment.The  day began with keynote speaker Serena Watson, who is the editor-in-chief of women’s lifestyle magazine Made Woman Magazine. Watson is also a USC alumna and is a now a writer, producer and entrepreneur. Watson has applied her passions to becoming a spokeswoman and advocate for woman empowerment.“Just to see and be able to talk to women who have been so successful is inspiring,” said Catherine Romo, a sophomore at Southeast High School. “They make you feel as if you can do it, too.”Later in the day, the girls were able to get more involved in the conference through workshops. One was directed by a USC Department of Public Safety officer, and was both a self-defense lesson as well as a presentation on safety in general.Another workshop consisted of a panel of successful women in the workplace. They were asked about their accomplishments, their struggles and how they have overcome the challenges associated with working in historically male-dominated fields.“All you have control over is yourself,” said panelist Darcy Alvarez. “It all comes down to attitude.”Alvarez has worked in finance, accounting and management in her position with Liberty Tax Service. She noted that confidence is key.“Don’t let yourself become your own worst enemy,” Alvarez said. “You are there for a reason, and you deserve to be there.”Another panelist, Colleen Charles, a civil engineer, said not to let the unfair discrepancy between men and women in the workplace be intimidating.“As a civil engineer, I’ve found myself at meetings where often I am the only woman at the table. I’ve learned you can’t let that ratio intimidate you,” Charles said. “Instead, turn it into something productive. Let it empower you.”Those in the audience were surprised about women’s lack of presence in the workforce.“Only 20 of the ‘Fortune 500’ CEOs are women,” said workshop host and President of Maxwell Avenue Alanah Joseph.She stressed that women statistically make less money than men, but trends are changing.“Women only make 77 cents to every dollar earned by men,” Joseph said. “The scale is tipping, though. It’s important that we know our worth and, with that knowledge, have the confidence to ask for what we want. It’s the only way we’re going to get it.”The mission of the conference was to empower, encourage and promote education, positive self-esteem and strong self-awareness. The young women who attended the event left the event with a sense of determination to make positive changes for women.“I want to be an aerospace engineer and seeing engineers here makes me so happy,” said Diana Palafox, a 17-year-old student from Belmont High School in Westlake, Calif. “These women have shown me that even though that field is dominated by males, I can still go into it and have success.”Joseph’s success in empowering women can be seen in the mindsets of the girls who attended the conference.“This is my second year at the conference, and I think more women should attend,” said Jennifer Marroquin, a 17-year-old from Belmont High School. “They tell us that we are strong and beautiful women and that we can make something of ourselves. I don’t think women hear that enough.”last_img read more

NCAA Tournament notebook: We’re all just along for the ride

first_imgIn my head, I knew it was over. I was sitting on the United Center sideline both trying to write the game story that I would file at the buzzer, and trying to come to terms with the fact that my four-year Daily Orange career was all about to end. All the road trips. The late coverages. The feeling of being a relevant writer about the most relevant team in the city.Darius Thompson hit a 3-pointer from the corner. The score was 51-37 with 10 minutes to play. I leaned over to Matt Schneidman, the person I’ve covered men’s soccer, men’s lacrosse, football, summer league baseball and this men’s basketball team with.“It’s over,” I said.As beat writers, it’s not our job to make what we do about us. We write about the team that we cover, whether that’s Syracuse men’s basketball or something else entirely. But for the beat writers, sometimes it is about us and soaking in the chance to experience something that we never thought we would get to do.You know how the rest of the story went on Sunday night. It wasn’t, in fact, over. Syracuse went on a 21-2 run, as I scrambled to rewrite my runner, continue to tweet and mentally capture all the noteworthy moments that made up one of the most epic comebacks in NCAA Tournament history.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textI ran onto the court seconds after the game ended to try take pictures and listen for moments that the people not there with us would want to know. My heart was racing, the realization that not only had I just witnessed this comeback, but that myself, Matt and Jesse Dougherty’s time as SU men’s basketball writers would continue on. The hard work that we put in all season now meant so much more. We were the beat team for a basketball team that couldn’t be more prominent and center stage.And that’s what I thought about as I raced around the court. When I stuck my recorder in players’ faces. When I shook hands with the guys from the student radio station. When I passed by Jesse and we both gave each other a look of utter shock before breaking out in laughter.Because, for us, it’s not so much about Syracuse winning. It’s about us winning. It’s about us getting to travel around the country in a Honda or a Jeep or hopefully, this week, a plane, and make memories that will be impossible to forget. We had joked about it happening. The stories we would write, the places we would travel. It’s a joke that’s turned into a reality.In a week, we’ll be sitting courtside inside the massive NRG Stadium. And whether it’s Saturday or it’s Monday, it will be the end. I can’t count how many times I’ve been up to the top floor of The Daily Orange archives. It’s a dark and dusty room in 744 Ostrom Avenue that has every single newspaper we’ve ever printed. That’s 112 years. I see the historical papers, the ones that people always want to go find because they mean something in SU sports history.I don’t know what will happen next week, but I do know that someday what we write will be in those archives. No matter what happens, it will mean something. And when I got behind the wheel at 4:39 a.m. for my driving shift from Syracuse to Chicago, thinking about that is what kept me up and alert.Syracuse is winning right now. And we’re all just along for the ride. Comments Published on March 28, 2016 at 6:03 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more