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  1. May 2021
    1. One Wesleyan senior, Bradley Spahn, vehemently opposes the use of study aids, which are often distributed or sold by students with prescriptions.

      Mis-identified the problem. It's not the "study aid", it's the reckless/invalid prescriptions in this case.

    1. Women also have more access to birth control, more control over their reproductive lives, all good things.

      Hasn't contraception been a major reason for the fall in birth rates in all countries?

      Wrong solution to economic problem: demand- vs. supply-side economics

    2. n India, this has been fantastic, it has actually reduced the birth rate but kept it above that magic 2.1 number. 

      Won't that birth rate continue to fall, as has been the pattern in other countries?

  2. Apr 2021
    1. Indeed, this exact scenario is the case in countless cities, large and small, all over the world; nature is pushed aside and paved over to make way for humanity and its endeavors. Consider how much the global population grew from 1980 to 2020: according to the UN Population Division, 4.46 billion humans inhabited the planet in 1980. Forty years later, in 2020, that number had ballooned to 7.79 billion.

      Lanugage; connotation; biases Implication: Population growth is bad.

    1. In 2005, the Washington Times published an article entitled, “Depression: A new sexually transmitted disease.” In it, the author reported that according to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, depression often follows early sexual activity. The study followed over 13,000 middle and high school students for two years. Of the abstinent teens, only 4% experienced depression. On the other hand, girls who were sexually promiscuous were eleven times as likely to be depressed. What’s significant about this study is that the depression did not seem to cause the sexual activity, but vice versa.
  3. Jan 2021
    1. God calls each person by name (cf. 1 Sam 3:4-10; Is 43:1; Jn 10:3; Acts 9:4). He loves each one personally. Christ, says St Paul, loved me and gave himself up for me (Gal 2:20).

      As against collectively

    1. To highlight the centrality of the Eucharist in the newly introduced faith, the early missionaries

      For natives, how else could the Faith have been introduced? It can be difficult even for a modern-day Catholic to understand the Eucharist, one of the highest mysteries of the Catholic Faith.

    2. chief navigator at that time was Fray Andres de Urdaneta, an Augustinian friar

      Why him, a friar?

    1. During the last World War, a bomb fell inside the Church but the Image was recovered unscathed. It was one of the numerous miracles and powers attributed to the Holy Image.

      Hint of the source of the significance of the image in popular piety

  4. Dec 2020
    1. annulment

      More precisely, a declaration of nullity, that there was only an appearance of marriage, but, after studying the situation, it is found out that, in fact, it was not a marriage.

    2. annulment for a valid marriage

      That would be contrary to the truth.

      Conditions for a valid marriage: ..

    3. swear an oath

      Oath, ref. CCC, 2nd Commandment of the Decalogue: You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

      Also, see Bishop Robert Barron in YouTube

      Also relevant to the 8th Commandment: You shall not ....<br> Love for the truth.

    4. resigned from his powerful position as chancellor

      10th Commandment: You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.<br> Detachment from material things.

    5. Church’s teaching on marriage

      6th Commandment: You shall not commit adultery.

  5. Nov 2020
    1. Motivation to do wellChildren reported that the main motivation spurring them to excel was their relationship with their mothers and consideration of their family’s financial situation. While discussing their visions for the future, children expressed their own dreams and aspirations for doing well in various careers, be it as a lawyer, a businessman, an actor, a teacher or other interesting roles.Eleven-year-old Ashraf said: “In 10 years’ time, I want to study law to be [a] lawyer to help other people with cases and can earn more money for my family or mummy.” Bo En, on the other hand, wished to harness his interest in acting and become a professional actor up to earn more money for himself and his mother. Another participant, Han Jie (12), remarked: “When I am 22, I want to be doing business and get great success so that mum would feel worth it for all that she has done for us, and now I can finally give her money also.” A common thread running through all children’s narratives about their aspirations was that their motivation to do well was closely linked to their desire to give their families a better life.Mother–child relationship as a source of motivationThe analysis of data on how children regarded happy and sad moments with their mothers showed that they shared close relationships with one another. The intimacy between children and mothers was not only reflected through common activities that they enjoyed together, but also was seen through the emotions expressed by the children as they talked about their mothers. When asked about how he viewed his mother, Han Jie (12) said his mother was a caring person who put his needs before her own. “My mum is caring as she always considers our [children’s] feelings and doesn’t get angry with us even when we feel too tired to go out with her. She is also very joyful because I have never seen her cry; she always smiles even when things are tough.”For Caleb (13), seeing his mother pick him up from the bus stop on a rainy day was the happiest moment for him as it reminded him of her care for him. “It was a long day at school and I was all tired and sticky and it was raining, and I asked my mum to walk to the bus stop to help me with my books. I got happy just to see my mum waiting for me there patiently and to know how much she cares for me.”Evidence of children’s connected relationships with their mothers, was not confined to children’s responses towards their mothers’ initiations and actions. Children also saw themselves as actively contributing to nurturing the relationship. For example, children reported that when their mothers initiated conversations about their day in school, they not only shared their experiences but also reciprocated by encouraging their mothers to talk about their experiences at work. Bo En (13) reported that his mother would disclose her struggles at work to him and he would encourage her and help her feel supported by waiting for her to return home from work. “Sometimes, my mummy would share about her work and complain a bit, then I will just listen. Every night, I will try to wait for her to come back and we can have time to watch TV together so that she has someone to talk to, because we are like best friends.”Children’s interpretation of mother’s expectations on school performanceThe close relationship shared between the children and their mothers also appeared to be a source of motivation for children. All the PD children in our sample said they worked harder in their studies because they felt supported by their mothers who encouraged them to “just do their best.” Children knew that their mothers had high expectations for their studies, and yet they did not feel undue pressure to perform. “My mum always says that she believes that I can get number one [in class] if I really work hard, but she doesn’t say I must definitely do well because she knows that I can eventually do it.” (Gaby, 10)Children reported that their mothers’ encouragement and confidence in their abilities made them less stressed about school and motivated them to work harder in their studies. “When my mother says just do your best and pass, I feel like I am happy and don’t feel stressed, but at the same time I also feel that I am better able to go and get my ‘A’s because I know I am capable of getting good results.” (Deviyah, 10)

      Motivation is not selfish. They thus become better persons.

    1. A vigorous opponent of such legislation as unscientific is, ironically, an organization dedicated to helping people have babies through reproductive technologies. The president of the Washington D.C.-based American Society for Reproductive Medicine took a strong public stand, writing in its February bulletin that the idea life begins at conception is in the same league as "fake news" and "disinformation."Though intended to make abortion illegal, such laws would hamper women's efforts to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization by making those who handle lab embryos susceptible to manslaughter charges if an embryo didn't survive, Richard J. Paulson argued.“Life is a continuum,” Paulson wrote. “The egg cell is alive, and it has the potential to become a zygote (a single-celled embryo)” if fertilized by sperm. The resulting cell is also alive, but “from a biological perspective, no new life has been created, because it is nearly identical to the egg cell,” he wrote.

      Vs.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wURL0rVLbY When Does Human Life Begin?

    1. Because common sense distinguishes between what one is and what one does, between being and function, thus between "being a person" and "functioning as a person." One cannot function as a person without being a person, but one can surely be a person without functioning as a person.