In our Gospel today, someone asks Jesus, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” Jesus answers, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.” Why does the gate have to be narrow? If God’s arms are always wide open and ready to embrace us, why can’t the gate be opened wide so that more people can more easily pass through? Why is faith hard? Is it so that we may learn better? I have had teachers who put me and my classmates through the wringer, and their lessons we still remember. Aside from the subject matter, we also had the values of discipline, rigor, and hard work pounded into us. But I have also had teachers who were gentler to us. Their lessons, too, have been ingrained in us – and their compassion and kindness, a source of inspiration when we reminisce about our school days. So why make things difficult? Doesn’t Jesus claim that his yoke is easy and his burden … [Read more...] about Why is faith hard?
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Research data shows that Apple's HomePod isn't doing as well as other smart speakers in the US market. Why is this so? According to research conducted by the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), fewer U.S. homes own an Apple HomePod compared to homes that own Amazon's Echo or Google's Home speakers. In the report, titled "HomePod Grabs A Little Share," the CIRP estimates that about 70 percent of U.S. homes own an Amazon Echo, about 24 percent of homes have Google Home speakers, and a mere 5 percent of U.S. homes have an Apple HomePod. Furthermore, Amazon Echo and Google Home owners are also more likely to have more than one unit compared to those who own an Apple HomePod. The research states that 34% of Amazon Echo owners have more than one unit (some of them own as much as four units), while 31% of Google Home owners report having more than one unit (some of them own as much as three units). The research firm noted that while the HomePod "now has a small but meaningful … [Read more...] about Why Is Apple HomePod Losing Ground In US Market?
Respondents: Why is OSG at preliminary probe on sedition raps? (Philstar.com) - August 9, 2019 - 2:38pm MANILA, Philippines — Respondents in the sedition complaint that police filed against opposition figures questioned the Office of the Solicitor General's authority to represent the complainants at the preliminary investigation into the complaint on Friday. The Department of Justice held its first preliminary investigation proceeding into the sedition, inciting to sedition, cyberlibel, libel estafa, harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo and more than 30 others. During the preliminary investigation, lawyer Arno Sanidad, who represents Chel Diokno, questioned the OSG's authority to be involved in the proceedings. The attendance sheet for the preliminary investigation showed at least two laywers from the OSG, who noted that they represent the PNP-Criminal … [Read more...] about Respondents: Why is OSG at preliminary probe on sedition raps?
Supreme Court Justice Antonio T. Carpio believes that it was not a collision of fishing vessels that happened on June 9 in Reed Bank (Philippine name: Recto Bank; Chinese name: Liyue Tan), 80 nautical miles off Palawan and within the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone. It was a Chinese militia ship ramming a Philippine fishing vessel. “China’s maritime militia vessels have reinforced steel hulls purposely for ramming fishing vessels of other coastal states. No other coastal state has fishing vessels purposely designed for ramming other fishing vessels. Captains of ordinary Chinese fishing vessels do not engage in ramming for fear of inflicting damage to their own vessels. It is thus highly likely that a Chinese maritime militia vessel rammed the Filipino fishing vessel F/B Gimver 1,” Carpio said in a statement. The statement from Chinese Embassy in Manila insisted that it was "a Chinese fishing boat from Guangdong Province, China” and identified it as … [Read more...] about OPINION: Why is there a Chinese military vessel in Reed Bank?
NEW YORK: A Claude Monet painting from his celebrated "Meules" (Haystacks) series drew US$110.7 million in New York on Tuesday (May 14) in an auction record for the French Impressionist master.The sale at Sotheby's - the first time the work had come to auction since 1986 - fetched one of the 10 highest prices ever seen at auction.The total, which includes fees and the commission, was more than 44 times higher than the previous record for the work.Monet painted his 25 "Meules" compositions during the winter of 1890-1891 at his home in Giverny, in France's Normandy region.In each piece, Monet showed the light and surroundings of the same scene as they changed at different times of day, with the varying seasons and during various types of weather.Another painting from the series was sold in November 2016 by the Christie's auction house in New York for US$81.4 million.The piece sold at Sotheby's is among the most immediately recognizable Monet paintings.It distinguishes itself from … [Read more...] about Monet painting draws US$110.7m at New York auction