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  • Ask Fr. John: Explaining spiritual versus religious beliefs

    Is Orthodoxy “religious” or “spiritual.” — Anonymous

    Part 1
    It depends on how you understand the words “religious” and “spiritual.” I hear so frequently the sentiment that one is “spiritual, not religious.” Really? Orthodox too! At least according to the more classical definition of “religion.”
    The word “religion” implies a movement of humanity toward God or “the greater.” Thus, religion becomes a matter of human persons searching out and discerning God or  the “higher things,” via personal experience. In other words, humanity tries to figure out “god.”
    In Orthodox Christianity, we believe that God is on the approach to us and that he has revealed himself to us. In order to demonstrate my point, I need to articulate some of our beliefs.
    The Orthodox gathering of believers believe that God has revealed to humanity how he has existed from eternity as Trinity.
    We believe that God, in order to more perfectly reveal himself and actually restore us back to himself, became a human man while remaining God. This was the God-man named Jesus Christ, God the Son of God the Father.

  • The time to plan is now

    If you’re like most people, your plans for retirement include spending more time with your family, traveling, or catching up on hobbies and activities that have been put on hold during your working years. And, like most people, you’ve probably put money aside to fund your retirement. But what if your retirement suddenly includes an unexpected long-term care need?
    According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in their 2011 Medicare & You booklet, about 70 percent of people over age 65 will require long-term care services at some point. And, with advances in medical technology and healthier lifestyles, people are living longer than ever before.
    The government has made it clear; it cannot afford to fund the nation’s long-term care costs. In fact, Congress tightened the financial requirements to qualify for Medicaid, the federally and state-funded program for those who live at or below the poverty level. And, recently rolled out a nationwide long-term care awareness program called “Own Your Future” which encourages people to better understand and plan for long-term care.
    All of this can certainly present a significant challenge, but there is something you can do. Plan now.

  • Trickle-down tragedy hits all

    On Aug. 31, the National Debt hit the $16 trillion mark.  I’ve often remarked that if people really understood numbers, they would never allow the government to amass such a debt.  But hey, it’s just a number, right?
    Yeah, 16 trillion is a number.  It happens to be a big number.  Big.  Really big.  Really really big.
    But I really really don’t have enough space in this column to insert enough reallys to make my point.  Let’s just say it really really is really really darn big.
    The problem with big numbers is that our brains simply aren’t wired to comprehend them.  Really.
    For example, in the night sky you’ll see lots of stars (in New Mexico that is — don’t try this in New Jersey).  There’s something like 8,000 stars visible to the naked eye.
     But there are 200 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy alone.  That number dwarfs the 8,000 we see at night.
     And 16 trillion?  Well, you would need 90 Milky Way galaxies to have 16 trillion stars.
    No, this doesn’t do it.  Our brains can’t easily visualize galaxies.  How about something smaller, like an eyelash?  Sixteen trillion eyelashes would weigh about 3,500 tons!

  • Sports Update 09-21-12

    KinderHoops program hosted by YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is accepting registrations for its KinderHoops basketball program.
    The introductory basketball program is for boys and girls ages 4-6.
    Practices and games are schedule twice per week starting Oct. 8. The season will run through Nov. 16.
    KinderHoops is designed to teach younger players the fundamentals of dribbing, passing and shooting.
    Price for participation is $45 for YMCA members, $60 for nonmembers. Financial assistance may be available from the United Way of Northern New Mexico.
    For more information, call 662-3100 or visit laymca.org.

  • LA’s C team tops Moriarty, 40-20

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper C team football team picked up its third win of the season Monday at Moriarty.
    Marcos Vigil scored four touchdowns for Los Alamos while the Hilltopper defense forced three turnovers as the team earned a 40-20 win.
    Lane Saunders also scored two touchdowns for Los Alamos, which has scored at least 40 points in all three of its victories this season.
    Los Alamos opened the season with a 44-14 win over St. Pius X, then followed that up with a 40-13 win over Albuquerque Academy. It dropped a 20-14 decision at St. Michael’s Sept. 10 before Monday’s win at Moriarty.
    Against Moriarty, cornerback Alex Delamarter picked off two passes to lead the defensive effort.
    Los Alamos will host Hope Christian Oct. 1.

  • Runners tie for best prediction

    Sue Kinkead and Lynn Kluegel tied for best predictor at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    The Pace Race was Tuesday starting at the roundabout on Diamond Drive and San Ildefonso Road.
    Kinkead and Kluegel both finished with errors of 66 seconds on the difficult, figure-8 course. Georgia Pedicini finished with a prediction error of 69 seconds.
    On the 1-mile course, Pedicini had the fastest finish (14:32) and Roy Cope was the top-finishing male participant (18:53).
    On the 3-mile course, Ted Romero (24:12) and Nikol Strother (24:17) were the top finishers.
    All race finishers earned a lollipop.
    In the Roadrunners’ Sept. 11 race, Lynn Bjorklund had the best prediction (17 seconds), while top finishers in the race included Strother and Romero on the 3-mile course and Tom Sandford on the 1-mile course.
    The next race will be Tuesday on North Mesa, near the intersection of San Ildefonso Road and Big Rock Loop.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.

  • LA entertains KC tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will tangle with an old foe tonight.
    For the 2012 homecoming contest, Los Alamos will meet the Kirtland Central Broncos. The Broncos, a Class 4A team from the Four Corners area, was once a regularly-scheduled opponent for the Hilltoppers but were pre-empted from the Hilltoppers’ schedule several years ago in favor of another Farmington-area team, the Aztec Tigers.
    The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos (1-2) will make its second home appearance of the season tonight. It won the 2012 season opener over Pojoaque in convincing fashion, 55-14.
    However, the two road games for the Hilltoppers following their initial win were rough ones.
    The Hilltoppers were shut out at Farmington, 28-0, then were trounced in Albuquerque by St. Pius X, 41-0 a week ago.
    Los Alamos will attempt to right the ship, particularly on offense, which struggled with turnovers and miscues all throughout the St. Pius contest. Los Alamos didn’t get even particularly close to scoring against the Sartans.
    Traditionally, the Broncos have been known for their size upfront and this year appears to be no exception. On their roster, the Broncos list seven linemen who tip the scales at 240 pounds or above, including 285-pound senior defensive tackle Landon Love.

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

     

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

    1. IPHONE HYSTERIA GOES GLOBAL

    Some Apple fans have been camping out for days to get their hands on the iPhone 5.

    2. ANTI-ISLAM FILM PROTEST TURNS DEADLY

    Pakistani police open fire on rioters who were torching a cinema during a protest against "Innocence of Muslims," killing one man.

    3. WHERE THE CANDIDATES ARE STUMPING

    Obama speaks to the AARP at 11:30 a.m., and then attends a rally in Woodbridge, Va., at 12:45 p.m. Romney courts voters in Las Vegas at 5:05 p.m.

    4. GOING WHERE NO RESEARCH HAS GONE BEFORE

  • Today in History for September 21st
  • House chokes on Manhattan Project Park bill

    A majority of members of the House of Representatives Thursday voted in favor of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act, H.R. 5987. However, the bill failed to receive the two-thirds majority necessary to pass under suspension of House rules.

    The vote on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act was 237-180, about 50 votes short of a two-thirds supermajority, said Cindy Kelly, president of the nonprofit Atomic Heritage Foundation.

    H.R. 5987 establishes a Manhattan Project National Historical Park with one of the sites being Los Alamos.

    While the bill did not pass on the House floor today under suspension of House rules, the final vote of 237-180 met the test for a simple majority vote.

    Chairman Doc Hastings, who introduced the legislation, was quoted in the Oak Ridge, Tenn. newspaper as saying, “we’ve shown there is support for this park and will be working toward the goal of enacting this into law before the end of this year."

    On Thursday Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who has been a critic of the bill, called for a roll call rather than let the bill pass by a simple voice vote.