When Jesus tells us today, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you,” I think he wishes us more than just an absence of conflict. Peace here is not just a space of quiet and calm, a break in the fighting, nor a cessation of hostilities. What Jesus wants to bless us with is the Jewish gift of shalom, which we inadequately translate as peace. Shalom is when all our relationships are set aright – our relationships with God, with others, and with ourselves. Shalom is flourishing wholeness and ever-renewing openness; in a word, shalom is fullness. But before we get all dreamy and starry-eyed, here is a cold splash of water to wake us up: This is not the world’s idea of fullness. Remember, Jesus says, “My peace I give to you.” And not as the world gives does he give it to us. What can this mean? What is Jesus’ idea of fullness? In the story of Jesus’ temptation in the desert, the devil tries to goad him to turn stones into bread. … [Read more...] about What is fullness?
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I always get a little reflective at this time of year. I like the quiet times of the fasting month, the early mornings after the predawn meal of sahur, the slow afternoons waiting for the sun to set. This year my thoughts turned to the curious parallels between religion, science and philosophy. I don’t pretend to be a theologian, but I did a little research, a little thinking, dragged on half-forgotten fragments from my undergraduate philosophy studies, memories of walks on the beach with my brother, of the music of creeks and the silence of mountains. From my limited study of Islam, I know that the Angel Gabriel’s first words to Prophet Muhammad, the words that terrified the young man so much, were “Read, read!” “Read in the name of the Lord, the creator, the one who created man from a clot of blood. Read and your Lord will be the most generous.” These are the words that changed the Prophet Muhammad’s life and which began his time as a … [Read more...] about By the way: What’s in a word? Ramadan reflections
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?
Mon., April 29, 2019 So for the rest of the week, I’m going to grade the 2018-19 Maple Leafs in this blog, starting at the top: General manager Kyle Dubas. (Tuesday: Mike Babcock) Before I get to that, I want to tell you a little tale about the last time the Maple Leafs hired a rookie general manager, when things didn’t end well. That rookie GM was John Ferguson Jr., who came with a reputation of being a great talent spotter and of course came from a famous hockey family. It was a rocky ride for the young GM, just 36 when he started in 2003. He was certainly a better GM by the end of his tenure than the beginning. MLSE was a different monster then, more concerned about profit and a few (actually budgeted) playoff dates rather than winning and long playoff runs. The hockey world was different then. With no salary cap, the Leafs could simply buy a winner. Article Continued Below Along the way, Ferguson made mistakes (Should I mention Tuukka Rask for Andrew … [Read more...] about Grading Kyle Dubas after his first year as Leafs GM
WHERE would the billions raised and donated for the rebuilding of Marawi go if affluent businessmen there were to take over the restoration of their city devastated in the battle with ISIS-inspired militants from May to October in 2017? President Duterte floated last week the idea of having wealthy families rebuild the once prosperous city even as some 250,000 displaced residents are still picking up the pieces virtually on their own. More than 900 terrorists, 165 troops and 47 civilians were killed in the five-month fighting. “I don’t think I should be spending for their building,” Duterte said in Pilipino in a briefing in Pampanga on the killer earthquake that hit Luzon last Monday. “I won’t spend for anything, the people there have the money. Every Maranao there is a businessman. Count in the shabu trade, they have the money.” His saying that 16 months after the fighting ended startled many observers, including some senators and Vice President … [Read more...] about What happened to Marawi funds?