Fiat, new group rooted in the Marian virtues, invites Saint Mary’s students into conversation, fellowship

first_imgSaint Mary’s students will gather Thursday at 7:30 in the Sacred Heart Chapel in Holy Cross Hall for personal reflection and small-group discussions.Fiat, a Latin word that translates to “so be it” and references “Mary’s yes,” is the name of a new student group on campus started by seniors Amanda Fischer, Claire Conlon and Kathy Stalter and junior Alex Guevara-Stevens.Liz Palmer, the assistant director of campus ministry, said Fiat was created because these students felt there was “a need to have community life and to foster prayer life on campus.”“They specifically promote the Marian virtues on campus … they thought that Fiat would be a great way to integrate Mary into the lives of our students,” Palmer said.Palmer said that while Fiat has been sponsored by Campus Ministry, the students lead in organizing and hosting monthly spiritual events that “are a way for someone to give their story about the intersection of faith and life.”At each event, someone is invited to share a personal reflection on one of the Marian virtues and elaborate on how they feel it relates to their life and the broader community. Students then spend time in small groups reflecting on the talk and discussing how it relates to other parts of their lives.While considering the amount of interest that has been generated so far, Palmer said much of the group’s success is due to the way student leaders have approached members of the campus community.“Something I have been reminded of through the Fiat group is the power of invitation,” she said. “Our Fiat leaders have been doing door-to-door outreach.”The inclusive aspect of this group, which is open to people of all faith backgrounds, is essential to the environment that the members want to achieve.“I love that it offers a personal relationship with God in a communal context,” Palmer said. “As a campus minister, I constantly see the need for community among our students, so that’s my favorite thing about the events, that they are fostering that community.”Fischer, one of the student leaders of Fiat, said she is really excited about what she describes as a “student-led, intentional faith-based community.” During the group‘s monthly “signature” events, participants hear from speakers that talk about the Marian virtue for the month, then engage in small group time and fellowship.She went on to underline Fiat’s goal.“It is so simple, but that is exactly what Jesus did — He built a culture of encounter in a simple way, and that is our aim,” she said.This Friday, members of Fiat will be joined by Beth Hlabse. Hlabse is a mental health counseling intern at Holy Cross College and a research project manager at the Kellogg Institute at Notre Dame, and is currently completing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling with Divine Mercy University. In her talk, Hlabse will focus on the virtue of “constant mental prayer.”“So many of us don’t really know what prayer is or how to pray,” Hlabse said. “We don’t realize that prayer is the way we live in relationship with God … [and] the way we receive God’s love.”In looking at prayer through this different perspective, Hlabse found parallels with techniques she uses in her profession.“Many of us … fall into patterns of negative and destructive interior dialogue, or ‘self-talk,’” she said.These unhealthy tendencies can be addressed in different ways, Hlabse said, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, which assists people in recognizing unproductive thinking and particular stressors or misconceptions that might be causing it. The next step is then to reframe interior dialogue in a more realistic, constructive and positive way, she said.Hlabse will demonstrate “this process of tuning into and reframing our thinking is an opportunity for prayer” in her personal witness talk on Friday.“We can invite God into our headspace and consider how an all-loving God might be asking us to change the way we talk to and view ourselves,” she said.Tags: Beth Hlabse, Campus Ministry, fellowship, Fiat, Mary, prayerlast_img read more


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Ireland ready for ‘biggest game’

first_img Victory at the Adelaide Oval guarantees the boys in Green a spot in the last eight, and a meeting with co-hosts Australia, while a variety of other permutations are also on offer depending on their result and that of West Indies versus United Arab Emirates. But the major underlying theme – of the match and the tournament itself – is the fact that under present plans the future of associate nations such as the Irish is under threat. In 2019 the tournament will shrink from its current 14 teams to 10, with eight spots locked in and only two available to qualifiers. Ireland’s players have have not been quiet about their opposition to those plans and veteran Ed Joyce took up the baton ahead of Sunday’s crucial encounter. “The chance to break into the quarter-finals of a World Cup definitely makes it the biggest game we’ve ever had,” Joyce told BBC Sport. “We have a cause that we fight for. We are trying to grow the game at home and show the ICC the folly of keeping the next World Cup to 10 teams, not allowing nations like us ourselves a fair chance to get in. “A 10-team World Cup isn’t really a World Cup at all – it’s a glorified Champions Trophy. “It’s really disappointing that we could be on the verge (of) Ireland’s last World Cup game for a long time, either against Pakistan or in the knockouts. That’s not being defeatist; it’s just being realistic.” Like Ireland, Pakistan can assure their continued participation with victory, but in order to do so their batsmen have been told to up their contribution. Only captain Misbah-ul-Haq has been close to his best in the competition, though they have yet to record a century between them. Ireland head into the crunch World Cup clash with Pakistan fighting not only for a place in the quarter-finals but also for their future in the competition. Press Association And batting coach Grant Flower was clear that would need to change. “They are yet to fire and I would like to think their best is still to come,” former Zimbabwe international Flower said. “I expect the top order to show some more spine. “They showed glimpses of their talent but for such good players they are they need to show more. They are aware that they can bat a lot better than they have.” The game is a rematch of Ireland’s famous St Patrick’s Day win in Kingston eight years ago, a result that was later overshadowed by the death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer in his hotel room the following day. last_img read more


Even with Kobe Bryant, Lakers are a work in progress

first_imgThey have spent the fourth quarter in two games expecting Bryant to shoot on every possession. Against Toronto, Bryant missed all three of his attempts. Against Phoenix, Bryant made two of four shots, but he largely looked for teammates who weren’t ready to shoot. “We find ourselves watching Kobe take over in the fourth,” said Lakers forward Nick Young, the former Cleveland High and USC product who grew up idolizing Bryant. “We have to realize we have to wait until he gets a couple of more games under his belt. Then he’ll take over. Right now we have to help him out. The more games we play, the more comfortable we’ll be. We’re still getting used to playing with him.”It also doesn’t help some of the Lakers’ long-term strategies in expediting Bryant’s acclimation took some short-term hits. D’Antoni overlooked Bryant’s rustiness and played him in the fourth quarter against Toronto, but the move disrupted the bench’s chemistry that featured five players scoring in double figures. Against Phoenix, D’Antoni started Shawne Williams and Jodie Meeks in hopes of adding speed and 3-point shooting around Bryant. But without two solid defenders in Robert Sacre and Wesley Johnson, Lakers forward Pau Gasol played a large part in conceding 56 points in the paint. The Lakers also went only 2 of 7 from 3-point range.“We’re struggling and I knew that could happen,” D’Antoni said. “It’s going to be up to the coaching staff and players to figure this out. Individually, each guy has to do his part and get better individually. Then we as a coaching staff have to figure out combinations and get the chemistry back.“We’re struggling with our psyche and who we are and it’s a little understandable. But we have to get over this quickly.”How?“Every single day, we have to make sure we get better at something with Kobe in the lineup,” Lakers forward Xavier Henry said. “By the time it’s halfway through the season, it will be clockwork.”But as engaged couples can attest, staying patient amid an endless parade of to-do lists can become tiresome. For the Lakers, they’re learning the hard way that their success doesn’t directly correlate with Bryant’s steady progression. Instead, it involves how they adjust to his commanding presence. “It’s more just executional things in terms of reading the defense and thinking the game. You have to look and see what’s going on and then be able to adjust all five players, Bryant said. “I have to be able to communicate to them what the adjustments and reads are and they have to be able to learn, listen and go out on the floor and execute it.” Kobe Bryant’s return to the Lakers after rehabbing his left Achilles tendon for the past eight months has nearly mirrored a typical engagement.Both parties appear ecstatic over the life-changing event, but what’s followed has entailed an endless amount of logistics to sort out. The Lakers aren’t shopping for tuxedos and gowns, completing the registry and filling out a guest list, though. The Lakers (10-11) have other unsettled issues that sparked two consecutive losses toward a 12th-place standing in the Western Conference since Bryant stepped on the court that he once dominated. What are the issues? Not much for Bryant, other than keeping his left Achilles tendon healthy, sharpening his explosiveness, reducing his turnovers, expanding his scoring touch, and ensuring team balance. Not much for Bryant’s teammates, other than learning when they should or shouldn’t defer to him, adapting to shuffling rotations, increasing their scoring workload and shoring up their season-long defensive lapses.“It’s a process,” Bryant said. “You continue to figure out what you can and can’t do. Every game you try to step out and do a little bit more and go from there.” Within two days, Bryant morphed from flunking toward becoming an honors student. He scored nine points on 2-of-9 shooting, four assists and nine turnovers in the Lakers’ 104-96 loss Sunday to the Toronto Raptors in what marked his first game in eight months. In his second act in the Lakers’ 114-108 loss Tuesday to the Phoenix Suns, Bryant rebounded with 20 points on a 6-of-11 clip, three assists and three turnovers. That’s why Bryant slid his self-imposed grading system from an F to a B.Bryant reported dropping from 225 pounds to 220 simply by playing one game. He relinquished ball-handling responsibilities both to put less pressure on his Achilles, accommodate Steve Blake’s playmaking and open up scoring opportunities through off-the-ball cuts and screens. Bryant even showed a flash of athleticism Tuesday against Phoenix with a one-handed dunk and a layup. It also helps Bryant has relied on a dependable mid-range game, thanks to his superior fundamentals and post work. “I didn’t expect to shoot the ball as well,” Bryant said. “Normally in the preseason is where I get my legs going. I shoot horrendously during the preseason because you’re trying to get your game legs back. But I put in a lot of work in the day after the game. I shot quite a bit and got my legs ready.”Some uncertainty awaits on how Bryant will handle the rigors of the Lakers’ upcoming four-game trip in five nights with stops in Oklahoma City (Friday), Charlotte (Saturday), Atlanta (Monday) and Memphis (Tuesday). He maintains he will play on the second night of back-to-backs, but Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said he hasn’t determined whether Bryant will still play slightly under 30 minutes per game. Bryant also downplayed sitting on the bench with a heating pad on his feet considering he nursed soreness in that area in past seasons.But the Lakers’ issues go beyond Bryant shedding his rustiness. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more