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Website fosters faith

first_imgThe Notre Dame Alumni Association launched a new website, FaithND, to extend the University’s spiritual resources beyond campus in an effort to fill a void for religious guidance online. Spirituality program director Angie Appleby Purcell said the site is available to people of all faith traditions interested in exploring Catholicism, even if they are not affiliated with the University. “As a Catholic university steeped in rich tradition, with wonderful resources of faculty, staff, students and alumni trying to live the University’s mission in terms of how to be a people of faith, a Catholic community into the world, we want to be able to provide good quality resources and enrichment for the spiritual and faith journey that we all are on,” Purcell said. FaithND offers a variety of informative services, such as video reflections on liturgical seasons and scripture passages, online courses and opportunities to ask questions about the Catholic faith, Purcell said. One of the best ways to stay engaged with one’s faith is to sign up for the daily email newsletter that includes the day’s Gospel reading, a written reflection on it, a short prayer and a profile of a saint, she said. “[Every morning] I grab my iPhone on the side of my bed, and I read the reflection and the prayer and the saint of the day, and many people start their day with that first step,” Purcell said. More than 9,000 people have signed up for the daily email subscription thus far, Purcell said. Another important feature of the website is the ability to submit prayer requests at the Grotto, a service that existed even before FaithND but is now streamlined. The Alumni Association received more than 24,000 of these requests last year, Purcell said, and they still manage to light a candle for every one. “The Grotto is a significant part of the spiritual imagination of people who are formed here,” she said “They can’t be there in that sacred space, but they certainly can allow us who are here on campus to pray on their behalf.” While most of these services fall under the sphere of prayer, the FaithND website includes three other sections: “Live,” “Serve” and “Explore.” The “Live” section provides monthly themes for reflection on how to live a life of faith, Purcell said. “This month, because we’re very mindful of November being All Saints [Day] and remembering holy people in our lives, we’re focusing on the call to holiness, not from the standpoint of ‘I have to be a Mother Teresa,’ but, ‘In my daily life, how am I called and how can I make decisions based on how to be a better, more holy person?’” she said. The “Serve” section focuses on ways to give back to the community of faith, Purcell said. “[It] talks about how through our faith we are called to service through Catholic Social Tradition, what does that look like, how are we at Notre Dame forming leaders for the Church?” she said. The “Explore” section addresses the intellectual aspects of faith, Purcell said, and it strives to answer the questions, “How do we explore the Catholic intellectual side of what we offer on campus, and how can that inform us as we move forward in life?” Purcell said FaithND was developed after months of research on the spiritual desires of the Notre Dame community, especially those of young alumni. “This came about ultimately from our constituency, our larger Notre Dame family, internally and externally, as to where Notre Dame could help them in continuing to grow in faith,” she said. “It was really a mandate from our constituency and our Notre Dame family.” Those interested in exploring the resources available though FaithND can visit faith.nd.edu Contact Tori Roeck at [email protected]last_img read more


BKPM suspends face-to-face licensing services to contain COVID-19 spread

first_imgRead also: Indonesia pledges to safeguard investments as Covid-19 fears growBank Indonesia and the Financial Services Authority (OJK) have asked most of their employees to work from home and have suspended direct services while encouraging the public and stakeholders to use their online and call center services.The Finance Ministry’s Taxation Directorate General has also suspended direct face-to-face services and is advising all taxpayers to use its online services to file their annual tax returns (SPTs). It also extended the deadline for tax returns from March 31 to April 30 “to provide certainty to individual taxpayers”, it said in a statement on Sunday. The pneumonia-like illness had infected 134 people in Indonesia with five fatalities recorded as of Monday.Topics : Read also: Bank Indonesia, OJK limit direct services as social distancing measure to contain virusInvestors can still use BKPM’s online services, contact its call center and send license proposals through postal services, the statement read.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called on Sunday for all citizens to practice what epidemiologists call social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the country. “Under the current circumstances, it’s time for us to work from home, study from home and worship at home,” Jokowi said at a press conference at Bogor Palace in West Java on Sunday. “It’s time for us to work together, to help each other, to unite and cooperate. We want this to be a community movement, so that the COVID-19 problem can be addressed to the fullest.” The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) will temporarily close its One-Stop Integrated Service (PTSP) licensing outlets to minimize the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.BKPM head Bahlil Lahadalia explained that the agency would suspend its face-to-face services from March 17 until March 31. “We are doing this […] to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It’s only for two weeks,” Bahlil said in a press statement on Monday.last_img read more


Mourinho: I cannot match Sir Alex

first_img “I have a long way to go, but Sir Alex left the bar in an impossible position for anyone. I cannot win 13 Premier Leagues,” Mourinho told BT Sport. “I can win 13 championships. I can. I have eight, I think I can go to 13. But 13 Premier Leagues, no, no chance.” Mourinho needs five more championships to reach 13, after two wins with Porto in Portugal, two with Inter Milan in Italy and one with Real Madrid in Spain, plus his three with Chelsea. Asked if he planned on staying in England long enough to reach that target here, Mourinho added: “When I came back, I put myself in (Chelsea owner Roman) Abramovich’s hands. My family is super happy to be here, so I have nothing to push me away from England. It’s up to him. When he wants me to stay I stay, when he thinks its the right moment for me to leave I’ll go somewhere else.” The Premier League came in for plenty of criticism this season when Chelsea followed Manchester City and Arsenal in being knocked out of the Champions League before the quarter-final stage. But Mourinho insisted the overall standard of the English top flight remained higher than that on the continent. ” Sometimes I laugh when people compare a few numbers from different leagues and I can laugh because I was in all of these leagues,” he said. “But when you see a 7-0 or a 6-0 in Germany, in Italy, in Spain, people don’t know the difference between the top teams and the other teams. In England this is the reality, even for the top teams to win is very difficult. The self-proclaimed Special One led Chelsea to his third Premier League title with Sunday’s 1-0 defeat of Crystal Palace. Ferguson was 51 when he steered Manchester United to the inaugural Premier League title in 1992/93. Mourinho is 52 and has this season’s trophy to go along with the 2004/05 and 2005/06 wins from his first spell. Press Association Jose Mourinho has dismissed the prospect of matching Sir Alex Ferguson’s haul of 13 Premier League titles as “impossible”. “T o do what my boys did is amazing. To lose on the first of January, a heavy defeat in a London derby (5-3 to Tottenham) and be with the same points as Man City, and since January not one defeat, to go to from same number of points (as Man City) to 10, 13 15 points (clear)… We know what we had to do for this.” That achievement was not universally applauded with Chelsea being branded ‘boring’ not only by rivals fans but also some pundits – a view which left Mourinho baffled. ” It doesn’t bother me – it doesn’t change me,” he said of the criticism. “I’m stronger than that. I know that it takes to be in the position we are. It doesn’t affect me. I think the players deserve more. “I think it’s a bit strange. Normally a pundit with a higher voice is the pundit that comes from the pitch – a former player, a former legend, somebody that was a fantastic player, so somebody who has a complete understanding of what it takes. It’s strange when these people don’t go in the direction they should go.” Mourinho was able to defend the first title he won with Chelsea a decade ago, but warned against making any assumptions for next year, with the priority being to secure a top-four berth. ” When I meet my board I used to say, especially at the beginning of the season, if you want to be in the top four you have to think about being champions because to be in the top four in this moment in England is really hard,” he said. “Always there’s a big risk of a big team to stay out. Man United stayed out last season, this season it’s Man United, Liverpool… they are on the limit and why not us next season? We must be very strong again.” last_img read more