Speaker shares experience with God’s call to be single

first_imgAs part of the Theology on Fire series, Beth Knobbe, relationship manager at Catholic Relief Services in Chicago, presented “Living Single with Faith, Purpose and Passion” at Saint Mary’s on Tuesday.Knobbe, who intentionally lives a single life, began her talk by addressing the anxiety students feel about having a plan after graduation.“There is no predetermined plan for our life,” she said. “God’s plan is that God is going to love us and not abandon us.”Knobbe said she believes there is no superior way of life and that people can find happiness in both marriage and the single life; it all depends on what truly brings the person the most happiness and what they feel called to do.“My purpose in being here is not to convince you that God is calling you to the single life,” Knobbe said.She emphasized that living the single life is an active and intentional response to God’s call.“He may be calling you to marriage, a religious vocation or a life of absolute surprise,” Knobbe said. “Recognize that when we say yes to that, what we receive in return is a great sense of abundance of God’s love for us.”Knobbe said she had dated throughout college but never found a relationship that made her feel full. She said she felt anxious in her 30s because she thought married life was the ideal way of life. She said she had a heart-to-heart with God after attending a wedding that made her feel like a wedding was everything people expected from life.“Something in me broke — I was furious with God,” Knobbe said.“What I experienced at the wedding, I thought was the plan for me.”But she said she realized God’s calling for her did not involve that ideal. She went to graduate school and said she found the richness most people find in romantic relationships in her friends and peers.“Your vocation is the place where you feel most at home,” Knobbe said.“It doesn’t mean it isn’t hard sometimes. It’s easy to get lonely as a single person. There’s a temptation to be selfish with my time and money. But it feels right for me.”Knobbe said being single for God’s kingdom is different from being single just by circumstance.“Somebody who recognizes that single life is their call also expresses that there’s a purpose to it,” she said. “It’s embraced and chosen. It involves service to others, be it in the Church or other professions.”Sharing life stories, debating, team sports, laughing, making music and attending mass are all ways to experience intimacy, Knobbe said.“As a single person, I think about all the ways my life are creative,” she said. “I wonder what my legacy will be, and I see it in my work and my relationships, from visiting someone in the hospital to making cookies with friends. It all gives my life energy. Service is my way of leaving a legacy and giving to the world.”Knobbe said she believes a single life is a life full of love if one can take on a new perspective.“We need to look at life a little differently,” she said. “It’s taken me a long time to see it, but once I began to see it, I saw it everywhere.”Tags: dating culture, single life, theology on firelast_img read more

Charts of the Day: A reversal of historical fortune for coal-fired electricity

first_imgCharts of the Day: A reversal of historical fortune for coal-fired electricity FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:Coal’s share of the world’s electricity mix was about 38 percent in 1997, and in 2017 it was about … 38 percent. Fossil fuels overall have actually increased their share, from 63 percent to 65 percent. Not exactly what folks in Paris or (even further back) Kyoto had in mind.When it comes to the global energy market, though, absolute numbers do tend to shift very slowly – its sheer scale makes a supertanker look like a Ferrari. Which means it’s also important to look at what is happening on the margin. And here, there are clear signs of a shift.In any market, growth is as important as absolute scale. Any CEO telling investors their company is so big already that growth doesn’t matter would soon be in for an awkward meeting with the board. Growth is a signpost to the future – albeit not infallible – and a magnet for investment (see this for further explanation, looking at the subject of electric vehicles.)Beneath the headline numbers about the mix of global power generation, here is the mix of global power-generation growth:The most noticeable aspect is how the bars shift from being dominated by the blue and black of coal and natural gas in the years leading up to the financial crisis, to a much more changeable mix, including the rapid growth of that pink element for wind and solar power.To make that a bit clearer, the chart below shows the average annual change for the different power sources over some longer and shorter time frames. I’ve grouped coal and oil together, as well as hydropower, nuclear power and other non-wind or solar renewables, to make things a bit clearer.This isn’t just about coal; look back at that chart and note how natural gas’ share of growth in power generation has been squeezed over the past few years. Competition among fuels and technologies has intensified dramatically and is accelerating as costs for renewable sources, in particular, have fallen.Incumbency identifies history’s winners. Growth, even at a nascent stage, identifies what comes next – and attracts investment accordingly.More: Coal’s 20-Year Reign Masks a Brewing Revolutionlast_img read more

Monmouth Medical Center Hosts Geriatric Education Program

first_imgLONG BRANCH – Results from the most recent census shows more than 12 million Americans are between the ages of 75 and 94. With an estimated 77 million baby boomers in the midst of turning 65, and fully reaching that age by 2030, the need for geriatric care continues to grow.Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health Facility, recently held a geriatric continuing education program for medical professionals on meeting the complex challenges of caring for the elderly. Topics covered during the program included: transitions in care for the frail elderly; the three most prevalent diagnoses in the elderly – delirium, dementia and depression; the geriatric patient assessment; differences in geriatrics from a pharmacology standpoint; and palliative care in the frail and elderly.Attendees of the workshop heard from a panel of experts, including Joan Wills, R.N., M.P.A, transitions in care coordinator; Dr. Priya Angi, a geriatrician; Angela Soldivieri, a nurse practitioner in geriatrics; Michelle Schork, Pharm.D., geriatrics; and Dr. Jessica Israel, section chief geriatrics, pain and palliative care.(left to right): Michelle Schork, Pharm.D., geriatrics; Priya Angi, M.D, geriatrician; Jessica Israel, M.D., section chief, Pain and Palliative Care; Angela Soldivieri, A.P.N., nurse practitioner, geriatrics and Joan Wills, R.N., M.P.A, transitions in care coordinator.Monmouth Medical Center recently introduced a dedicated geriatric emergency medicine (GEM) unit to better meet the complex needs of these patients. Older patients typically have more complex medical conditions, stay longer in emergency departments for more extensive testing and treatment regimens and are more likely to be admitted and to require critical care.Vulnerable patients, age 65 years and older, with dementia and other chronic conditions can benefit from a new and innovative Transitions Program at Monmouth Medical Center. Funded through a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, the Barnabas Health Transitions Program for the Comprehensive Care of the Frail Elderly with Dementia screens eligible patients to implement the core components of the program, which include patient and caregiver education, prescription reconciliation and education, development of a detailed, patient-specific My Care Plan, and follow-up care and home visits.Additional information on the GEM Unit, Transitions Program and other geriatric services are available by visiting the Monmouth Medical Center website at www.barnabashealth.org/hospitals/monmouth_medical/services/geriatric_emergency_specialneeds.html.last_img read more

Getting Into Government

first_imgTINTON FALLS – A new generation of civic-minded young women got to spend a day last week with political veterans who want to show them how to start making an impact in the world.The event at Monmouth Regional High School was sponsored by the 12th annual Running and Winning conference sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Northern Monmouth County, the Junior League of Monmouth County, the Greater Red Bank League of Women Voters of New Jersey and the Red Bank Chapter of Hadassah.“Women are 51 percent of the population and their voices should be heard where decisions are made,” said Marian Wattenbarger of the AAUW, at the day-long, nonpartisan event that brought together about 60 female students from nine area high schools and female legislators and policy makers from the Two River area. “And I would say the events in the last few years have clearly raised interest.” By Jay Cook |  The conference zeroed in on educating young women about their meaningful voices and how they can make differences in their communities, said Linda Bricker, a member of the Junior League of Monmouth County.“To really affect change, sometimes you need to reach a point of becoming elected to a position to change laws,” she said. The best way to educate the younger generation, Wattenbarger found, has been to create a pipeline with current legislators, showcasing how women can be successful in politics.About 15 different female elected and appointed officials took turns meeting with the small groups of students during the morning session. The conversations ranged from issues in their towns or districts to their specific roads to elected office.Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-13) took one of those unique paths. After moving to Holmdel in the early 1990s, she joined her local parent-teacher association and volunteered to be what she called “the cupcake lady.” She eventually worked her way up to the Holmdel Township Committee, then the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and most recently, the State Assembly. Wattenbarger and other members from the Running and Winning steering committee admitted they were expecting a trend, especially considering the Parkland, Florida school shooting on Feb. 14 and the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School Shooting the day after the conference on April 20.“This is a time in which there is clearly polarization in the country,” said Wattenbarger, “but we come together and are all committed to helping women find their voices.”Women legislators from the Two River area spoke with high school students about their paths to elected office. Some of the officials who attended were, from left to right, Fair Haven Councilwoman Susan Sorensen, Hazlet Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley, Monmouth County Surrogate Rosemarie Peters and Atlantic Highlands Mayor Rhonda Le Grice. Photo by Jay CookNEW JERSEY AND WOMEN LEGISLATORSNew Jersey has been one of the more progressive states for women involvement in politics over the last decade. Data from the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University indicates the Garden State ranked 16th for the most female legislators at the state level: 29.2 percent of the state Legislature and Assembly is female.Both of New Jersey’s first two lieutenant governors are women – Kim Guadagno and Sheila Oliver – and female officials comprise a third of Gov. Phil Murphy’s 24-member cabinet. Additionally, 82 of the 566 municipalities in New Jersey, or 14.5 percent, are led by female mayors.While figures may be increasing compared to years past, many involved in the Running and Winning steering committee hope more women in Monmouth County step up.“We are intelligent, compassionate, organized and innovative,” said Sue Flynn, also of the Junior League of Monmouth County. “Having more women in leadership positions can only make our country and the world a better place.”center_img “They need to have a role model, somebody that has been there, done that, and is honest with them,” DiMaso said of her message to the young girls. “It’s not always easy. There are days the laundry doesn’t always get done or your dinner’s later than it should be and it’s OK. You’ll come out on the other end.”Involvement in the community is key, stressed Red Bank Borough Councilwoman Kathy Horgan. The longtime Democrat jumped right into volunteer work after moving there in 1999 and has not looked back.Horgan, the only female on Red Bank’s governing body, believes more women should take a chance and get involved in public policy.“What I want women to know is that they can make a difference,” said Horgan. “I know, that sounds trite, but it’s true. Women are nurturing, more willing to compromise and listen.”This article was first published in the April 26 – May 3, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. High School Girls Encouraged To Consider Politics | And those young women got a taste of the action. After meeting female councilmembers, mayors and state assemblywomen, the girls broke off into 14 smaller groups to discuss changing specific policy important to them.They were tasked with petitioning a mock school board about an ongoing, concerning issue. The possible choices were about mental health issues in school, school safety, environmental issues and increasing inclusivity.The one topic that garnered the most attention – considering current national events – was mental health awareness in students. Eight groups focused on that issue.last_img read more

Panko-Dool, Sabo spark Nelson to Rossland Mini title

first_imgNelson captured the Rossland Mini title for the second time in 30 years.“You know you have performed well as a club when you take home the Team Trophy,”  Stewart said.“It’s an achievement all the girls can share in and something the club can show off for a year,” adds Christine Defouw, Nelson’s competition chair.With Rossland in the rear view, the club is looking ahead to the Regional Qualifying Competition in Beaver Valley on January 22-23. Performances at the Regional event will determine the top four skaters in each category to represent this region at the Pacific StarSkate Championships in Cranbrook from March 4-6.Defouw is excited that the season’s culminating event is being hosted so close to home.“It’s a big opportunity. The fact it’s taking place in the Kootenays makes it much more affordable for skaters from our region to attend.”Simpler logistics means coaches and parents can focus on honing routines, deepening confidence and reminding the skaters to enjoy the experience.With the competition season drawing to a close in March the club is starting to focus on its end of season Ice Gala to be held in Nelson in late February. Shaen Panko-Dool and Morgan Sabo topped the medal count to lead Nelson to the overall title at the Rossland Mini Figure Skating Competition Saturday in the Golden City.The Rossland Mini event is the first competition of the New Year for the Nelson skaters.”Our skaters did very well,” said a smiling Nelson Figure Skating head coach Rachel Stewart. “They displayed confidence on the ice, which is a reflection of the hard work and preparation they have invested.”Panko-Dool and Sabo led the club with two gold medals and a silver each. The two skaters, along with fellow club members Charly Defouw and Soleil Babcock, dominated Preliminary Dance winning gold and silver respectively, all the more impressive for being their first year competing in that category.Other gold medals were awarded to Christina Champlin in Junior Bronze Skills, Sophie Borhi for Preliminary Freeskate (10 and under), and Erica Tolles in Junior Bronze Freeskate (13 and over).last_img read more