Making the deaf hear and the dumb speak

first_img Tweet Share Share Photo credit: stmaryswestmelbourne.orgI was looking by chance at a program on the Discovery Channel some time ago, dealing with Swaziland, a small landlocked society in southern Africa. Swaziland is a society, the narrator said, that’s totally organized around hierarchy and deference. Everybody defers to somebody above them. At the top is the king, and the result is a permanent and compliant acceptance of the status quo.The TV presentation I heard that night recurred to me as I prepared to say something on today’s gospel. How so? In this way — When Jesus healed the deaf and the dumb, he literally healed people who couldn’t hear and couldn’t speak; just as when he healed the blind, he healed those who literally couldn’t see. But the healing can be taken in another sense, metaphorical but no less real. We are capacitated to see and to speak, and that also includes seeing and speaking for ourselves, and taking responsibility for our situations.These possibilities are not gifts, conceded to us by anyone. They are part of our birthright (natural and baptismal) as human beings and Christians.One may say that citizens who have their eyes open and speak for themselves is the essence of a democratic system. On the other hand, many people prefer not to see sometimes what’s there, or what’s plain for everyone to see; and they refrain from speaking from a variety of reasons, including deference. They don’t want to be regarded as trouble makers, or, more simply, they don’t want to seem out of step before people who know them. One finds the same situation in religion, and yet Christianity originated with a very special kind of trouble maker. Let’s take a recognizable example of ‘trouble-making,’ common to us in the Church. Sometimes people come to me to complain about some procedure in some parish or some priest for that matter, and I tell them: I am the wrong person to complain to. Go to the priest in question, and speak directly to him. Speak for yourself; or go to the Archbishop; he can do what I cannot. But they do neither, and you see what’s going on. They want the benefit of complaining but not the responsibility of speaking.The history of social benefit or social development includes contributions by individuals who saw things that other people preferred not to see, and spoke not only for themselves but for others. When things change for the better, we call such persons prophets. We give them a special designation, but they are often no different from people like us; they just have more courage.Democracy means the possibility of dissent. You don’t have to agree with everything any government or indeed anybody says or does, and you shouldn’t be afraid to say so. History shows examples of societies where people didn’t speak, or were afraid to speak, until every other right apart from freedom of speech was taken away from them. These things always work cumulatively. Things are taken away one thing at a time; people are afraid to speak one occasion at a time.Jesus was not afraid to say things as he saw them. Recall the altercation between himself and the High Priest just before the crucifixion. Jesus is just responding to the questions posed by the High Priest; but a guard finds him too forward, and strikes him. Jesus replies: “If there is something wrong I what I said, point it out; but if there is no offense in it, why do you strike me?”Here we have Jesus himself providing a good example of not being deaf and dumb, when it was perhaps in his interest to play deaf and dumb. He doesn’t fight anybody. He simply speaks and says his piece. That ability was the miracle he accomplished for the man in today’s reading. He opened his mouth. It was left to the man – as it remains left to us – to choose how, when and whether or not to speak.By: Fr. Henry Charles PhD 91 Views   one commentcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share FaithLifestyle Making the deaf hear and the dumb speak by: – September 10, 2012last_img read more

Cognitive behavioural therapy ‘can reduce depression’

first_img Tweet Share Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can reduce symptoms of depression in people who fail to respond to drug treatment, says a study in the Lancet.CBT, a type of psychotherapy, was found to benefit nearly half of the 234 patients who received it combined with normal care from their GP.Up to two-thirds of people with depression do not respond to anti-depressants.Patients should have access to a range of treatments, the charity Mind said.CBT is a form of talking psychotherapy to help people with depression change the way they think to improve how they feel and alter their behaviour.The study followed 469 patients with treatment-resistant depression picked from GP practices in Bristol, Exeter and Glasgow over 12 months.One group of patients continued with their usual care from their GP, which could include anti-depressant medication, while the second group was also treated with CBT.After six months, researchers found 46% of those who had received CBT reported at least a 50% reduction in their symptoms.This compared with 22% experiencing the same reduction in the other group.The study concluded CBT was effective in reducing symptoms and improving patients’ quality of life. The improvements had been maintained for a period of 12 months, it added.Other optionsDr Nicola Wiles, from the Centre for Mental Health, Addiction and Suicide Research at the University of Bristol, said: “While the addition of CBT was effective for patients who had not responded to anti-depressants, not everyone who received CBT got better. These patients had severe and chronic depression so it is unlikely that one treatment would be effective for everyone.”“We need to invest in other research to find alternative treatments for patients whose symptoms have not responded to treatment with anti-depressants.”The patients who did benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy spent one hour a week with a clinical psychologist learning skills to help change the way they think.Chris Williams, professor of psychosocial psychiatry at the University of Glasgow, and part of the research team, said: “The research used a CBT intervention alongside treatment with anti-depressants. It confirms how these approaches – the psychological and physical – can complement each other. “It was also encouraging because we found the approach worked to good effect across a wide range of people of different ages and living in a variety of settings.”Paul Farmer, chief executive at the mental health charity Mind, said there was no “one size fits all” treatment for people with mental health problems.“We welcome this research because it recognises that patients should have the right to a wide range of treatment options based on individual needs,” he said.“Initiatives such as the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme has helped to ensure that more treatment options are available for conditions such as depression, however, we know that there still is a huge difference between what treatment people want and what they actually get.” BBC News Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img 18 Views   no discussions Share HealthLifestyle Cognitive behavioural therapy ‘can reduce depression’ by: – December 7, 2012last_img read more

Laudrup: Aribo needs back ups at Rangers

first_imgRelatedPosts Joe Aribo vows to bounce back from injury Joe Aribo out of Super Eagles friendlies Gerrard gets Aribo, Leon Balogun boost Rangers icon, Brian Laudrup, has insisted the Gers need more depth in midfield to avoid dropping points.Steven Gerrard’s men drew a blank against Livingston on Sunday, and Laudrup believes Joe Aribo’s absence was evident. He warned that Rangers can’t become too dependent on the Nigerian.He said: “Aribo’s close control is excellent. Even in tight spaces he can take players on or produce a piece of skill to bring someone else into the game.“There were times on Sunday when that could have been invaluable to unlocking something for Rangers.“With Aribo, the closeness of the situation doesn’t matter. You could see that from the goals he scored in pre-season.“I know Gerrard has been speaking about adding another midfielder. That will be really interesting because perhaps they need one who can offer that bit more creativity if Aribo isn’t available.” Tags: Joe AriboRangersSteven Gerrardlast_img read more

Healy pays for stamp

first_img The 25-year-old will now miss Ireland’s matches against Scotland and France after he was handed the ban at a disciplinary meeting in London. Healy trod on Cole’s ankle after an Ireland maul had collapsed in an incident which was missed by referee Jerome Garces, sparking a large brawl. As a result, Healy was cited for the alleged offence, with his ban being confirmed on Wednesday. An independent disciplinary committee decided that Healy’s actions should be categorised as a mid-range offence in terms of seriousness, which carries a sanction of five weeks. The committee also allowed the maximum two weeks of mitigation, but by handing down a suspension of three weeks, recognised the player would not have played for his province this weekend and the ban will end at midnight on Sunday, March 10. The recommended suspension for a low-end stamping offence is two weeks, rising to five weeks for a mid-range incident and nine weeks up to a maximum of one year for something more serious. Television replays clearly showed the Ireland and Leinster forward, who is a leading contender for selection to British and Irish Lions of Australia this summer stamping on Cole. A statement of the committee’s findings said: “The committee, having viewed the footage of the incident and listened to the representations by and on behalf of the player, found that the stamp should be categorised as a mid-range offence in terms of seriousness, which carries a sanction of five weeks.” Healy has the right to appeal the ban, which will come as a fresh blow to Ireland coach Declan Kidney. The Ireland coach has already lost the services of winger Simon Zebo for up to 10 weeks with a broken foot, while fly-half Jonathan Sexton is struggling with a hamstring injury. Ireland prop Cian Healy has been banned until March 10 for stamping on Dan Cole during Sunday’s 12-6 RBS 6 Nations defeat by England at the Aviva Stadium.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mountain Lion Struck, Killed While Crossing LA Freeway

first_imgA male mountain lion who had successfully crossed a 10-lane freeway in Los Angeles earlier this summer was struck and killed on Saturday, on that same section of the road.National Park Service Ranger Ana Beatriz says the four-year-old big cat, known as P-61, was hit at around 4 a.m. in the Sepulveda Pass section of Interstate 405.Last July, P-61 became the first big cat on record to cross that freeway during the NPS’ 17-year study of mountain lions in and around the Santa Monica Mountains.In the same area where P-61 crossed, another mountain lion called P-18 was hit and killed by a vehicle eight years ago. In addition, a lion who was not being tracked by scientists was killed along that stretch in 2009.Researchers believe that a negative encounter with a non-collared male mountain lion may have caused P-61 to attempt to cross the freeway in order to move back west, Beatriz says.Transportation officials and conservationists are planning to build a mostly privately funded wildlife crossing over U.S. 101 in Agoura Hills, a strategy that would provide mountain lions and other wild animals with a safe route to open space, in addition to better access to food and potential mates.Officials say the $87 million span along U.S. 101 will be the first of its kind near a major city, and the largest such crossing in the world, stretching 200 feet above 10 lanes of highway and a feeder road 35 miles northwest of downtown Los AngelesAccording to California transportation officials, it is on track for groundbreaking by 2021, with projected completion by 2023.last_img read more

Hunt ejected in 2nd quarter against Villanova

first_imgTerrel Hunt was ejected with 3:24 left in the second quarter of Syracuse’s season opener against Villanova on Friday night in the Carrier Dome.As Hunt was being dragged to the turf by Villanova’ Joey Harmon, Dillon Lucas wrapped him up high, clashing helmets with the Orange quarterback. Hunt responded by punching Lucas in the facemask.Four flags flew toward him, and after the game referees conferenced, he was ejected.Sophomore Austin Wilson hurriedly took snaps on the sideline and then replaced Hunt after the personal foul. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on August 29, 2014 at 9:04 pm Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Women of Troy pick up Pac-12 play at Wazzu

first_imgGals and goals · The women’s soccer team will be trying to find the back of the net more often in Pac-12 Conference play after totaling just 13 goals through 10 games to begin the regular season. – Brian Ji | Daily TrojanThe women’s soccer team will face Washington State on Thursday before taking on Washington on Sunday.The Women of Troy got off to a positive start in conference play after defeating Oregon State 2-1 at home. USC had the better of the play, putting the Beavers on their heels for much of the afternoon.The team logged 23 shots, hitting the target eight times and forcing Beaver goalkeeper Bella Geist to make several saves.“I thought we did a really good job of framing the goal and getting people in the box,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said after the game. “I feel like we’re running into the box really well right now.”McAlpine praised his team’s ability to get into dangerous areas on offense. However, he still wants to see his team improve when it comes to finishing chances.“I’d like us to still be a little more efficient on that end, especially with the quality of the chances that we’re creating,” he said.The team has averaged more than 22 shots per game in its past five contests, which has put opponents under tremendous pressure.Not so coincidentally, the Women of Troy are undefeated in their past five games.McAlpine was satisfied with the win over Oregon State, but the team conceded a goal in the waning moments of the match, as the Beavers tried to mount a comeback.The two-goal deficit was too large for Oregon State to overcome, but McAlpine said that his team’s ability to close out games will need to improve in the future.“That’s an area that we have to clean up if we want to be the best team that we can be,” he said. “That’s a detail that has to improve.”The Women of Troy have scored nearly twice as many goals as they have conceded this season. A big reason for that is their domination in midfield.Nicole Molen, Morgan Andrews and Mandy Freeman were a dominant trio yet again, as USC edged out Oregon State.“I feel very comfortable with Mandy and Morgan in the midfield,” Molen said. “I feel like we have a good system going, and I feel like if we keep rolling with it it’s going to bring good things.”The three central midfielders have also shown their ability to maintain organization on defense.“We talked about trying to be a really solid defensive team,” McAlpine said.In addition, he noted that his team is not only defending well but is also eliminating set pieces for the opposition. This will be key for the team against Washington State and Washington, two talented squads from the Pac-12 North.McAlpine will be looking for defensive organization and discipline, but he also stressed that he wants to keep opposing sides off the scoreboard. His message to his team moving forward is quite simple: continue to grow.McAlpine also explained that the team is getting better at building out of the back and is looking more fluid in terms of getting into the final third.“It’s just about getting better. This is just the beginning, not the end,” McAlpine said.Washington State, an NSCAA top-25 team, enjoyed a terrific start to the campaign and sits at 8-1-0 heading into the USC game.Washington, meanwhile, is in the same boat as USC, in that it is on the outside of the top- 25 looking in. The Huskies are looking to bounce back after tying Gonzaga and falling to Arizona.As the Women of Troy venture to the Northwest to take on these two teams, McAlpine will be returning to familiar territory. He served as the head coach at Washington State for two seasons, earning Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors in 2013.“It’s always good to go and see some old friends and see some players that you’ve spent a lot of time with and still love,” McAlpine said. “You want them to do well — just not too well when we play them.”last_img read more

Beat writers picking close game for Syracuse-Johns Hopkins on Saturday

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 6 Syracuse (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) hosts No. 17 Johns Hopkins (2-2) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon. The Orange is coming off a 12-11 win over Virginia. Syracuse’s defense held strong and the offense played with patience to break down the Cavaliers and move to 3-1. The Orange will hope that keeps up against Johns Hopkins.See what our beat writers think of the matchup.Charlie DiSturcoHoppin’ on bySyracuse 13, Johns Hopkins 9Syracuse proved last week that it can compete with the best teams in the NCAA. Its defense has been stellar in the first four games of the year, and both the offense and faceoff unit finally found success against Virginia. SU is on a hot streak of Top 10 wins and Johns Hopkins, while a rival and solid team, is just 2-2. JHU may be heating up at the right time but will now have to travel to the Carrier Dome and down a red-hot Syracuse team. If the Orange can play a consistent four quarters of lacrosse, it should have no problem hopping past the Blue Jays.Matt LibermanFlightless birdsSyracuse 11 Johns Hopkins 8AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLooking at the scoresheets, these two teams are nearly identical. Through four games, SU has scored one more goal than the Blue Jays and both sides have conceded exactly 40 goals. Hopkins has the edge in the faceoff X but also turns the ball over more than Syracuse, as the Blue Jays average 14 turnovers per game. With such even numbers, this game is going to come down the matchup between Hopkins’ attack Shack Stanwick and Nick Mellen. Last year in SU’s 8-7 win, Stanwick recorded just one assist. If Mellen can hold Stanwick in check, expect a substantial win for the Orange.Josh SchaferCardiac CuseSyracuse 10 Johns Hopkins 9Alas, the one-goal streak is alive and well once again for Syracuse. The Orange played 11 one-goal games a season ago and enter this matchup with Johns Hopkins following two one-goal victories. While JHU sits at 2-2 and is near the bottom of Inside Lacrosse’s top 20, head coach Dave Pietramala pointed out on Wednesday his team is quickly growing. It scored 11 against UNC and dismantled Princeton behind a 16-goal showing. The Blue Jays present another Top 10 faceoff matchup for Danny Varello and company, and a week removed from stifling a top five faceoff specialist, SU looks ready for the task. If SU can play four quarters of solid offense and keep up consistent faceoff play as it did against Virginia, the wins will keep coming. Comments Published on March 9, 2018 at 9:56 pmlast_img read more

Africa Wants 10 Spots in Expanded FIFA World Cup

first_imgAfrica will be looking to double the number of places it has at an expanded World Cup, the continent’s football association presidents have told soccer’s world governing body FIFA.Africa wants at least 10 spots in the 48-team World Cup that FIFA President Gianni Infantino has proposed from 2026 as the continent gave a ringing endorsement to the expansion plans.“All associations back the idea to expand the World Cup and there is the hope that Africa can have 10 places in future,” South African FA chief Danny Jordaan hinted yesterday. That would be double the five places the continent has at the next two finals in Russia next year and Qatar in 2022.Europe is seeking a minimum of 16 places, up from 13, and wants its sides to be separated in the 16 opening round groups of three teams, with the top two advancing to a 32-team knockout phase under plans approved by FIFA last month.Asia is expected to get between eight and nine places, compared to 4-1/2 now, and South America, which has 10 member countries, a total of six, also up from 4-1/2.The CONCACAF region, made up of the Caribbean, Central and North American countries, would get 6-1/2 places, compared to 3-1/2, with Oceania, the small Pacific Islands confederation, having one automatic place at the finals instead of 1/2.Inter-continental playoffs between countries with 1/2 a place would determine the additional spots at the finals.The final allocation of places must be passed by the FIFA Council.The subject of the expanded World Cup featured prominently at a three-day summit between FIFA chief Infantino and more than 50 presidents of the African FAs.The talks were behind closed doors but FIFA officials told Reuters yesterday that Infantino had outlined plans for an expanded World Cup and new development assistance for member countries.It is the first time a summit of this type has been held, giving Africa’s FA representatives informal contact with the FIFA leadership, including the world governing body’s recently appointed General Secretary Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura.“It has been a very good idea and a chance for the associations to also speak directly to the FIFA leadership about their issues and concerns,” said Ahmad, the president of the Madagascar Football Federation.Ahmad, who uses just one name, is running for the presidency of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) against long-standing incumbent Issa Hayatou of Cameroon next month.The summit comes three weeks before the CAF elections in Addis Ababa on March 16 and the FIFA event in Johannesburg has been dominated by intense lobbying, delegates said.“Most of the business at this summit is actually outside of the conference room, in the corridors and the hotel lobby as different candidates try to persuade associations to vote for them,” said one African FA chief, who asked not to be named.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Barcelona blitz Levante in second half, Sevilla suffer Celta Vigo defeat

first_imgLionel Messi scored two goals as Barcelona blitzed Levante to start the second half on their way to a 4-1 win at Camp Nou. The victory puts the Catalans back in first place in the league, having won all four of their matches so far this season.The visitors frustrated Barca for the first 45 minutes, despite the hosts dominating possession and shots on goal. Marc Bartra scored the first of his team’s three goals in the 50th minute, followed by a Neymar strike in the 56th and a Lionel Messi penalty kick in the 61st.Victor Casadesus pulled one back for Levante, just three minutes after coming on as a substitute in the 63rd minute, but the deficit was too much to overcome for the 16th placed team in La Liga.Messi had another chance to add to Barca’s lead when he drew a penalty in the 75th minute, but his attempt from the spot sailed over the crossbar.The Barcelona talisman made no mistake about his next chance though, slicing through the Levante defence to score in the 90th minute and seal the victory for his team.Luis Suarez did not start the match for Barcelona for the first time all season. He was an unused substitute on the night. Sevilla’s miserable start to the Primera Division rolled on as they were beaten 2-1 at home by high-flying Celta Vigo.Goals from Nolito and Daniel Wass gave the visitors a two-goal cushion at half-time, while Fernando Llorente scored his first goal for Sevilla early in the second period to bring Unai Emery’s side back into the game.Celta had young full-back Jonny Castro dismissed in injury time for picking up a second yellow card, but there was no time left for Sevilla to take advantage, and they remain on two points from four matches, sitting in the relegation zone.Eduardo Berrizo’s side meanwhile compensated for throwing away a two-goal lead against Las Palmas last week to pick up a third win, and they move on to 10 points and into the top four. Villarreal enjoyed a familiar story of success after notching up their third 3-1 victory in a row to keep themselves level on points with Real Madrid in the table.Athletic Bilbao were the victims this time, following on from Espanyol and Granada, and the Basque side was never in the match against the Yellow Submarine at El Madrigal.The early departure of striker Cedric Bakambu, injured after 15 minutes, could have unsettled Villarreal but they took it in their stride and substitute Leo Baptistao, on loan from Atletico Madrid, proved a thorn in the visitors’ side.Sporting Gijon picked up their first win of the season by seeing off local rivals Deportivo La Coruna 3-2 in a thrilling game at Riazor.Roma loanee Antonio Sanabria scored twice in the opening eight minutes to get the visitors off to a fantastic start, but the Galicians fought their way back through goals by Juanfran and Luis Alberto, only for Alex Menendez to restore Sporting’s lead 11 minutes before the break. Deportivo dominated the second half but were unable to find another equaliser, although Lucas Perez struck the woodwork and Alberto saw a curling shot go narrowly wide.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more