Lecture examines origin of “Blessed are the poor”

first_imgNotre Dame law professor John Finnis posed the question, “Who Said, ‘Blessed are the Poor’?” in a lecture Friday at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture’s 15th Annual Fall Conference entitled “Your Light Will Rise in the Darkness: Responding to the Cry of the Poor.”Finnis said the answer to the lecture’s titular question can be found by exploring the differences between the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.“The firm answer [to the question, who said, “Blessed are the Poor?”] is given by the Gospel [of] Luke,” Finnis said.Finnis said Jesus clearly that addresses not only the poor, but also his disciples, when he compares the destitute and hungry to the rich.“What [Jesus] promised the poor was not social justice,” Finnis said. “What he was — and is — holding out is the short hope of a place of Kingdom of God — not now, but as a great reward in heaven.”Finnis said “blessed are the poor” with “blessed are the poor in spirit” are found in distinct accounts of the gospels.“The Gospel according to Matthew describes similar blessings in the Beatitudes,” he said.  “Notice in his account that the poverty in the third and fourth Beatitudes are spiritual. Do not care for riches. Lay up your treasures in heaven. You cannot serve two masters in God and wealth.”Luke cautions readers of his gospel about the vices wealth may spawn.“In the context of warning, [Luke] cautioned against avarice,” Finnis said.  “… The poor in Luke’s straightforward sense is what the poor in spirit are to experience, that is the good news of the gospel — there is a treasure in heaven.“So, did Jesus say, blessed are the ‘poor’ or ‘poor in spirit?’ The two evangelists are reporting the same sermon.  Both contain —in the same order — love your enemies, judge not others, but it seems clear one account is not derived from the other and they’re not from the same source.  Two different reports on one sermon.”Finnis cited theologian John Chapman and said, “There is no reason to doubt that Jesus on inaugural sermon said both.”“While Luke’s Beatitudes may represent the fiery, original words, Matthew spiritualized them, making them applicable to the spiritual needs of others,” Finnis said. “Gospels are not eyewitness testimonies all the time, but each evangelist has arranged the accounts to address the spiritual needs of the community they are a part of.“One can forge a good argument from discontinuity for the core Beatitudes — in spirit can represent the Beatitudes in the communities. As for the other Beatitudes, they are parallel to the form and function of the work of Jesus.“Those Beatitudes may be referred to be authentic.”Tags: beatitudes, blessed are the poor, blessed are the poor in spirit, Gospel, Luke, Matthew, poor, poor in spiritlast_img read more

Kenneth Lonergan’s Hold on to Me Darling Will Play Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 17, 2016 Hold On To Me Darling Off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company will present the world premiere of Kenneth Lonergan’s Hold on to Me Darling. The production, directed by Atlantic’s artistic director Neil Pepe, will begin performances on February 24, 2016 at the Linda Gross Theater, where it is scheduled to run through April 3. Opening night is set for March 14.On learning of his mother’s death, world famous country and western star Strings McCrane begins questioning the meaning of his life and what it all adds up to. Determined to abandon his celebrity and career, he moves back to his hometown in Tennessee. It doesn’t go well.Lonergan’s work was seen on Broadway last year in the revival of This Is Our Youth. His additional writing credits include Medieval Play, The Waverley Gallery and Lobby Hero on stage and Analyze This, Gangs of New York, Margaret and the upcoming Manchester-by-the-Sea on screen. He was Oscar nominated for his debut feature film, You Can Count on Me.As previously announced, the Atlantic season will also include Caryl Chuchill’s Cloud Nine, These Paper Bullets!, written by Rolin Jones and featuring music by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew, David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ The Band’s Visit directed by Harold Prince and the New York premiere of Adam Rapp’s The Purple Light of Joppa Illinois. View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Hardy Flowers

first_imgWild bergamot grows naturally in meadows, sunny dry woods and on roadside banks. Youcan plant it in open places that don’t get a lot of tending. It doesn’t need much water,but it does tend to get a powdery mildew on the leaves when it’s drought-stressed.In late spring and early summer, the bergamot in my garden provides nectar for asilverspot skipper, hunter’s butterflies and a buzzing assortment of bees.Of all the showy monarda cultivars and hybrids on the market today, I still like wildbergamot the best, perhaps for sentimental reasons. It’s a flower of my childhood, and Ifirst knew it as bee balm.Another good wild mint similar to the monardas but with four or five flower headsstacked along the stem is Blephilia ciliata.White horse mint or mountain mint (Pycnanthemum incanum) is a good companionplant to wild bergamot. It’s about the same height as monarda, with similar form.The horse mint has a unique appearance. The upper leaves near the flowers are ash gray.They look like they’ve been sprinkled with white dust. At a distance, the whitish leavesthemselves look almost like flowers. The leaves have a pungent, minty smell, too, whencrushed.The individual horse mint flowers don’t look like much. But don’t be deceived. It’s awonderful insect plant. The clusters of tiny white or creamy flowers are attractive to anarray of brightly colored flies, bees and wasps. Butterflies like it, too, especially thetiger swallowtail.Both the bergamot and the horse mint make tough roadside plants. They’re best adaptedto the mountains and piedmont but will grow farther south if transplanted.The third wild flower in this trio is passionflower (Passiflora incarnata).It’s a viny plant with tendrils and a large, exotic, almost weird flower about threeinches across.It climbs up over other vegetation. The leaves always look rich, dark green andwell-watered in even the driest weather.The soft, hollow passionflower fruit about the size of a lemon is called the maypop. Itwill pop if you squeeze it in your hand. The pulp surrounding the seeds inside is edibleand has a sour taste somewhat like a lemon.The passionflower or maypop is the main food plant of the gulf fritillary caterpillar.This fritillary is a beautiful, medium-sized butterfly, orange with silver spots on theunderside of the hind wings. The variegated fritillary also feeds on passionflower.Passionflower can thrive even in a tilled garden if you don’t till too deep. Each yearit grows up from its deep underground stems. We let it grow among the potatoes and melons,and it climbs the bean fence.All three of these interesting native wild flowers are resistant to deer browsing, abig advantage these days. To transplant them, wait until fall when the upper parts havedied. Flag the spot. Then dig up the roots. Wild Bergamot, also known as bee balm. Photo courtesy Michigan State University Extension– high-res image unavailable.center_img >If you include native wild flowers in your garden and want tough native perennials toattract butterflies and other insects, here are three midsummer bloomers that need littlecare and fend for themselves against the three D’s: deer, drought and disease.Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) is the first. It grows 2 to 4 feet tall,with an open flower head which is a cluster of small tubular flowers.The flowers are an understated lavender or lilac, sometimes with a touch of pink. Theflower heads have a spicy, pungent odor that persists even in the dried seed heads.last_img read more

Blueberry time in Georgia

first_imgIt’s time to dust off those killer pie and muffin recipes. Georgia’s blueberry season is in full swing.While the mild winter and early warm temperatures caused some problems with the earlier of the state’s two blueberry crops, Georgia’s late-season berries are doing fine, said Joe Cornelius, president of J&B Blueberry Farms in Manor, Ga., and chairman of the Georgia Blueberry Commission. “The berries are very good this year,” he said. “We had a rough start, but the volume is starting to ramp up and the quality of the berries is good … I don’t think the grocery shelves have seen a gap in the supply either. We’ve been scurrying around the fields, working really hard to make sure that they haven’t seen a gap.” Because of the different varieties of berries planted and different weather patterns across the state, Georgia has one blueberry harvest in April and one in late May or June. This year both sets of bushes bloomed early, said Scott Nesmith, a blueberry horticulturalist at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences campus in Griffin, Ga. “It’s historically early; it’s off-the-charts early,” NeSmith said. “We were about five weeks early in South Georgia … I have some things blooming here, in Griffin, that I’ve never seen ripe before May 28, and I’ve been watching them for 10 years. ” Early blooming doesn’t seem to be affecting the state’s second harvest much, but the first harvest suffered this year because the bushes bloomed early and then were damaged by a mid-February frost, Nesmith said. About 30 percent of that first crop was lost in the freeze, but some areas were hit harder than others. Cornelius has one field that usually produces 150,000 pounds of fruit during the first harvest cycle and this year it only yielded 15,000 pounds, he said. The warm temperatures in late February and early March also brought flocks of migratory birds to south Georgia just as farmers were seeing their blueberries mature. Consequently, many berries were lost to hungry birds, Nesmith said. “It looked like an Alfred Hitchcock movie out there,” Cornelius said. Luckily, Georgia’s second blueberry harvest, which is typically in May and June, didn’t suffer from either bird predation or frost, he said. Georgia growers are still on track to produce about 60 million pounds of blueberries this year. While Georgia is technically still “The Peach State,” the value of the state’s blueberry crop, at about $133 million, is almost three times what the state’s peach crop is worth. Just 10 years ago, there were only about 5,000 acres of blueberry fields in the state and the crop was only worth about $22 million. Today, Georgia farmers are using about 20,000 acres for blueberry production, according to NeSmith. “When you look at the increase, it’s a curve you shouldn’t be able to get,” he said. The uptick in blueberry production started in the late 1980s and began to ramp up in the 1990s when food scientists trumpeted the antioxidant-rich berry as a super food, NeSmith said. South Georgia’s acidic, well-drained soil provided the perfect place for farmers to start to fill the growing market demand for blueberries. Georgia farmers are looking for new markets for their berries, and new varieties that will allow their farms to be more productive. Both efforts are necessary to compete with growing global production of Georgia’s top berry, Cornelius said.last_img read more

CUNA releases RBC legal opinion

first_imgby: Heather AndersonCUNA President Jim Nussle on Tuesday released a legal opinion solicited by the trade that argues the NCUA has no legal standing to enforce risk-based capital standards. The opinion from Washington-based law firm Venable LLP said the NCUA is only authorized to establish a single risk-based net worth requirement specifically tied to an adequately-capitalized requirement.The opinion further argues the NCUA’s legal justification for the rule was flawed. On Tuesday, the NCUA released legal opinions it obtained to support the rule. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The “whole story” of retirement: Making retirement planning a year-round commitment

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Norr Jennifer Norr is the vice president of Marketing and Strategy for CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions. She is responsible for the overall strategy and execution of strategic initiatives, marketing, client experience, … Web: https://www.cunamutual.com Details By now, you’ve probably heard the shocking numbers behind the retirement crisis. One-third of Americans have $1,000 or less saved for retirement¹, and nearly one in two Americans anticipate they will not have enough money to retire².  Luckily, retirement education and planning are now receiving much stronger government support. The National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA) announced in October that the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bipartisan resolution, S. Res. 654, supporting the goals and ideals of National Retirement Security Week (NRSW). NRSW is a national effort to raise public awareness about the importance of saving for retirement. It is held annually during the third week of October. The Senate first passed a resolution for NRSW in 2006 at NAGDCA’s request and has supported the initiative every year since. Securing passage of the NRSW resolution by the Senate was one of NAGDCA’s top legislative priorities for 2018.In the resolution, the Senate calls on states, local governments, school districts, universities, nonprofit organizations, businesses and others to observe NRSW, “with appropriate programs and activities, with the goal of increasing the retirement savings and personal financial literacy of all people in the United States, thereby enhancing the retirement security of the people of the United States.”Why is this important?Traditional pension plan and Social Security benefits have long been the backbone of most workers’ incomes in retirement. However, many financial experts agree that pensions and Social Security may not provide enough post-retirement income.  Longer life spans and rising costs, especially for health care, have changed the retirement outlook for many workers. NRSW provides an opportunity for plan sponsors to share resources with participants about their retirement options.To this end, NAGDCA continues to develop and promote free, ready-to-use communication materials for plan sponsors to use with their employees, and employees can share with their family and friends. This year, NAGDCA’s “Your Whole Story” NRSW campaign and new Retirement Garden Edition video series applied “behaviorally effective” communication techniques to engage participants in becoming aware of their role in preparing for retirement. Take advantage of this award-winning campaign!If you missed 2018’s NRSW campaign, you can still utilize its resources as a channel to promote strong retirement saving strategies with your employees year-round. “Your Whole Story” materials can be accessed any time, used generically or customized, and implemented in digital or printed form. Additionally, the Retirement Garden Edition video series addresses retirement savings considerations for employees early-, mid- and late-career. According to Cindy Rehmeier, CFP, NAGDCA Executive Board President³, “Communication directed specifically at individual needs can be a huge lever for change. The ‘Your Whole Story’ campaign and Retirement Garden Edition video series engage employees in the many facets of saving for retirement without using fear tactics, which have been proven to turn off employees from taking the actions necessary to secure their financial future.” There is no question that retirement security is good for Americans, employers, and our nation as a whole. By supporting this initiative, you can provide employees with the information they need to become adequately prepared for a secure retirement.SourcesThe Balance, Make Sure the Retirement Crisis Doesn’t Happen to You, February 19, 2018Gallup, Update: Americans’ Concerns About Retirement Persist, May 9, 2018 GlobeNewswire, Bipartisan Senate Resolution for Continuation of NAGDCA-initiated National Retirement Security Week Receives Unanimous Approval, October 4, 2018last_img read more

Onondaga Sheriff seeking missing man last seen in Owego

first_imgPolice say he is reportedly driving a blue 2011 Hyundai Tucson with NYS registration HXF-1353. The Ondondaga County Sheriff’s office is asking the public for help in finding 48 year old Patrick McEwen. Family members are worried for his emotional and physical welfare, deputies say, because he recently displayed ‘despondent’ behavior. (CNY CENTRAL/WBNG)-Police say a man has been missing since Friday. According to CNY Central in Syracuse, McEwen was last seen Saturday afternoon at the Value Home Center in Owego.center_img McEwen is described as a white man who stands at roughly 6′ tall. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, black Scorpion Security jacket, and blue denim jeans. He originally came up missing Friday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. leaving his family cottage, and was believed to be heading towards Greene. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911.last_img read more

Brazil surpasses one million coronavirus cases

first_imgBrazil passed the bleak milestone of one million coronavirus cases Friday, reporting a new one-day record number of infections as the pandemic continues to surge in Latin America’s largest country.The health ministry said it had recorded 54,771 new infections, a jump it said was largely due to “instability” in its reporting system, which meant some states were reporting figures from multiple days.That brought the total number of infections in Brazil to 1,032,913, with 48,954 deaths — second only to the United States worldwide. It has recorded daily death tolls of more than 1,000 on each of the past four days.Brazil has struggled to set a strategy for dealing with the pandemic.Read also: Coronavirus pandemic accelerating with Americas worst, warns WHOPresident Jair Bolsonaro, who has famously compared the virus to a “little flu,” has clashed with state and local authorities over their use of stay-at-home measures and business closures to contain it.The far-right leader argues the economic impact of such measures risks being worse than the virus itself, and has instead pushed his health ministry to recommend chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as treatments, despite uncertainty about the anti-malaria drugs’ effectiveness against COVID-19.Bolsonaro threatened this month to quit the World Health Organization, accusing it of “ideological bias” against the drugs, and has ditched two health ministers since the start of the pandemic after clashing over policy differences.The health minister he fired in April, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, told AFP Brazilians have suffered because of mixed messages from the government.”The health ministry and state governors are telling people to stay home and practice social distancing, and the president is saying and doing the opposite,” he said.A year and a half into his term, Bolsonaro has been weakened by the pandemic, as well as a series of investigations targeting him and his inner circle and spiraling clashes with Congress and the Supreme Court.The World Bank meanwhile forecasts Latin America’s biggest economy will shrink by a record eight percent this year.Topics : Experts say under-testing means the real numbers are probably much higher.Despite the grim figures, the infection curve in Brazil is finally showing signs of flattening.But the country of 212 million people is one of the most worrying hotspots in the pandemic.Since the start of June, it has registered the most new infections and deaths of any country in the world, according to an AFP count based on official figures — more than 518,000 and 19,000, respectively.last_img read more

Palm Beach shack sells for $1.4 million under the hammer

first_img131 Laguna Ave, Palm Beach sold for $1.4 million. 131 Laguna Ave, Palm Beach sold for $1.4 million.A PALM Beach shack built in the 1970s has sold for $1.4 million — a huge $100,000 over its reserve.The three-bedroom house at 131 Laguna Ave is across two titles on a 1038sq m block of land.It had been held in the same family since 1971 and was put on the market for the first time this year.LJ Hooker Palm Beach agents David Lonie and Mishy Canning took the property to auction.It attracted 12 registered bidders and a crowd of 70 people.“There was a mixture of developers and the basic every day buyer who come along,” Mr Lonie said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“A local family bought it who wants to be close to their family in Palm Beach.“They want to keep it for their family home and eventually build a brand new house.” 131 Laguna Ave, Palm Beach sold for $1.4 million.Mr Lonnie said he had plenty of interest in the property leading up to the auction.“It was a large block that you could separate,” he said.“So we were confident we would reach the reserve — we thought the money would be around that price. The auction went to plan and the numbers definitely stacked up.”He said both the vendors and buyers were happy with the sale.last_img read more

Olympic gymnastics qualifier in Tokyo cancelled over virus

first_imgThe Japan Gymnastics Association announced the scrapping of the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup Tokyo on April 4-5, an Olympic test event, just a few days after saying it would be held without spectators.“Due to the impact of the spread of coronavirus infections in Europe and cancellations of World Cups in other countries, many athletes and judges decided not to participate in the event,” the JGA said in a statement.Leading gymnasts including four-time Olympic gold medallist Biles, who is expected to be among the stars of Tokyo 2020, had been on the original entry list for the event.https://www.instagram.com/p/B90LGtRhTSu/A rhythmic gymnastics Olympic test event scheduled for April 6 is still going ahead, according to the Tokyo 2020 organising committee.“After confirming it is safe to do so, Tokyo 2020 will carry out an operational test within the given dates,” the organisers said, adding they will consult with the International Olympic Committee and Federation Internationale de Gymnastique.The cancellation comes as doubts grow about whether the Games can open as scheduled on July 24.Organisers and the International Olympic Committee insist preparations are moving ahead as scheduled despite cancellations and alterations to events ranging from qualifiers to the torch relay.Tokyo 2020 organisers said Tuesday they had taken the “heartbreaking” decision to scale back parts of flame’s journey across Japan, beginning with its arrival in the country on Friday.A recent poll by Kyodo News showed 70 percent of respondents in Japan said they did not think the Games could be held as scheduled. Read Also: IOC set for crisis talks as fears grow for Tokyo OlympicsBut the IOC said Tuesday there was no change to the programme so far.“The IOC remains fully committed to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and with more than four months to go before the Games there is no need for any drastic decisions at this stage,” it said in a statement after its executive board met in Lausanne.“Any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 A Tokyo Olympics gymnastics qualifier next month, which had hoped to feature US superstar Simone Biles among its participants, was cancelled Wednesday as the coronavirus pandemic continued to cast a shadow over this year’s Games.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreDisney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub Ever10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?6 Things You Didn’t Know About Channing Tatum’s Ex-WifeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhy Do Americans Consider Him To Be The Best President?He Didn’t Agree With His Character Becoming Gay And Quit A Role9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoolast_img read more