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LOPnewsmag III ~ COMMIT TO COMMUNITY, WOMEN IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, BLACK HISTORY MONTH, NATION-AT-A-GLANCE DR. JUMAL OKEYO...

Posted on February 21, 2019 at 4:15 PM

TABLE OF CONTENTS:


1)     THE OBAMA FOUNDATION NEWS:  Commit To Community


2)     BIDEN FOUNDATION NEWS: Women in Community College


3)     ED TRUST NEWS: “Opportunity Starts At Home” By

             Dr. John King, Jr.


4)     NAMI-GEORGIA NEWS: “True Progress In Erasing Mental

             Health Stigma


5)     Means Giving Everyone A Seat At The Table!”


6)     NAMI-COBBSgeorgia NEWS:


7)     Mental Health Resource Fair


8]     CATHOLIC EDUCATION NEWS BY ATLANTA, GA

        ARCHDIOCESE ARCHBISHOP WILTON D. GREGORY


             Black History Month

             Dr. Raul Escarpio News – Catholic4all Podcast Episode No. 69-70

             AGNES’ BLOG


9)     NATION-AT-A-GLANCE: DR. OKEYO JUMAL


10)   LOP’s Leisure Reading List – Teens, Young Adults, Adults


11)   VISIT: https://tinyurl.com/y299pwkw



Celebrate Black history month, #BHM365!


POPE FRANCIS, HIS HOLINESS, DELIVERS HOMILY LAST DAY OF WORLD YOUTH DAY 2019 IN PANAMA!

Posted on January 27, 2019 at 11:45 AM



For Immediate Release From Vatican News!


(Pope WYD Panama: Homily at concluding Mass - full text

Sunday, Jan. 27, was the final day of the World Youth Day in Panama City. Pope Francis celebrated an open-air Holy Mass at the capital’s Metro Park to conclude the WYD. Please find below the full text of the Pope's homily.)


Homily – Holy Mass


Metro Park, 27 January 2019


“The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them: ‘Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing’” (Lk 4:20-21).


With these words, the Gospel presents the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. It started in the synagogue that saw him grow up; he was in the midst of neighbours and people he knew, and perhaps even some of his childhood “catechists” who had taught him the Law. It was an important moment in the life of the Master: the child who was educated and grew up in that community, stood up and took the floor to proclaim and put into action God’s dream. A word previously proclaimed only as a future promise, but now, on the lips of Jesus alone, could be spoken in the present tense, as it became a reality: “Today it has been fulfilled”.


Jesus reveals the now of God, who comes to meet us and call us to take part in his now of “proclaiming good news to the poor… bringing liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, setting at liberty those who are oppressed, announcing the year of the Lord’s favour” (Lk 4:18-19). This is the now of God. It becomes present with Jesus: it has a face, it is flesh. It is a merciful love that does not wait for ideal or perfect situations to show itself, nor does it accept excuses for its appearance. It is God’s time, that makes every situation and place both right and proper. In Jesus, the promised future begins and becomes life.


When? Now. Yet not everyone who was listening felt invited or called. Not all the residents of Nazareth were prepared to believe in someone they knew and had seen grow up, and who was now inviting them to realize a long-awaited dream. Not only that, but “they said, ‘Is not this Joseph’s son?’” (Lk 4:22).


The same thing can also happen with us. We do not always believe that God can be that concrete and commonplace, that close and real, and much less that he can become so present and work through somebody like a neighbour, a friend, a relative. We do not always believe that the Lord can invite us to work and soil our hands with him in his Kingdom in that simple and blunt a way. It is hard to accept that “God’s love can become concrete and can almost be experienced in history with all its painful and glorious vicissitudes” ( BENEDICT XVI, General Audience, 28 September 2005).


Often we too behave like the neighbours in Nazareth: we prefer a distant God: nice, good, generous but far-off, a God who does not inconvenience us. Because a close and everyday God, a friend and brother, demands that we be concerned with our surroundings, everyday affairs and above all fraternity. God chose not to reveal himself as an angel or in some spectacular way, but to give us a face that is fraternal and friendly, concrete and familiar. God is real because love is real; God is concrete because love is concrete. Indeed, this “concrete manifestation of love is one of the essential elements in the life of Christians” ( BENEDICT XVI, Homily, 1 March 2006).


We can also run the same risks as the neighbours at Nazareth, when within our communities the Gospel seeks to be lived concretely. We begin to say: But these young people, aren’t they the children of Mary, Joseph, aren’t they the brothers and sisters of so and so? Are these not the youngsters we saw grow up? That one over there, wasn’t he the one who kept breaking windows with his ball? What was born as prophecy and proclamation of the kingdom of God gets domesticated and impoverished. Attempts to domesticate the word of God occur daily.


You too, dear young people, can experience this whenever you think that your mission, your vocation, even your life itself, is a promise far off in the future, having nothing to do with the present. As if being young were a kind of waiting room, where we sit around until we are called. And in the “meantime”, we adults or you yourselves invent a hygienically sealed future, without consequences, where everything is safe, secure and “well insured”. A “make-believe” happiness. So we “ tranquilize ” you, we numb you into keeping quiet, not asking or questioning; and in that “meantime” your dreams lose their buoyancy, they begin to become flat and dreary, petty and plaintive (cf. Palm Sunday Homily, 25 March 2018). Only because we think, or you think, that your now has not yet come, that you are too young to be involved in dreaming about and working for the future.


One of the fruits of the last Synod was the enrichment that came from being able to meet and above all to listen to one another. The enrichment of intergenerational dialogue, the enrichment of exchange and the value of realizing that we need one another, that we have to work to create channels and spaces that encourage dreaming of and working for tomorrow, starting today. And this, not in isolation, but rather side by side, creating a common space. A space that is not simply taken for granted, or won in a lottery, but a space for which you too must fight.


You, dear young people, are not the future but the now of God. He invites you and calls you in your communities and cities to go out and find your grandparents, your elders; to stand up and with them to speak out and realize the dream that the Lord has dreamed for you.


Not tomorrow but now, for wherever your treasure is, there will your heart also be (cf. Mt 6:21). Whatever you fall in love with, it will win over not only your imagination, it will affect everything. It will be what makes you get up in the morning, what keeps you going at times of fatigue, what will break open your hearts and fill you with wonder, joy and gratitude. Realize that you have a mission and fall in love; that will decide everything (cf. PEDRO ARRUPE, S.J., Nada es más práctico). We may possess everything, but if we lack the passion of love, we will have nothing. Let us allow the Lord to make us fall in love!


For Jesus, there is no “meantime”, but only a merciful love that wants to enter into and win over our hearts. He wants to be our treasure, because he is not a “meantime”, an interval in life or a passing fad; he is generous love that invites us to entrust ourselves.


He is concrete, close, real love. He is festive joy, born of opting for and taking part in the miraculous draught of hope and charity, solidarity and fraternity, despite the paralyzed and paralyzing gaze born of fear and exclusion, speculation and manipulation.


Brothers and sisters, the Lord and his mission are not a “meantime” in our life, something temporary; they are our life!


In a special way throughout these days, Mary’s fiat has been whispering like a kind of music in the background. She not only believed in God and in his promises as something possible, she believed God himself and dared to say “yes” to taking part in this now of the Lord. She felt she had a mission; she fell in love and that decided everything.


As in the synagogue of Nazareth, the Lord stands up again among us his friends and acquaintances; he takes the book and says to us “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Lk 4:21).


Do you want to live out your love in a practical way? May your “yes” continue to be the gateway for the Holy Spirit to give us a new Pentecost for the world and for the Church.


* * *


Farewell


At the conclusion of this celebration, I thank God for having given us the opportunity to share these days together and to experience once more this World Youth Day.


In particular, I would like to thank the President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez, the Presidents of other nations and the other political and civil authorities for their presence at this celebration.


I thank Bishop José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, Archbishop of Panama, for his generosity and hard work in hosting this World Youth Day in his diocese, as well as the other bishops of this and the neighbouring countries, for all they have done in their communities to provide accommodation and assistance to the great numbers of young people.


My thanks also go to all those who have supported us with their prayers, and who have helped by their efforts and hard work to make this World Youth Day dream come true in this country.


And to you, dear young people, a big “thank you”. Your faith and joy have made Panama, America and the entire world shake! As we have heard so many times in these days in the song of this World Youth Day: “As your pilgrim people we are gathered here today from every continent and city”. We are on a journey, keep walking, keep living the faith and sharing it. Do not forget that you are not the tomorrow, you are not the “meantime”; you are the now of God.


The venue for the next World Youth Day has already been announced. I ask you not to let the fervour of these days grow cold. Go back to your parishes and communities, to your families and your friends, and share this experience, so that others can resonate with the strength and enthusiasm that is yours. With Mary, keep saying “yes” to the dream that God has sown in you.


And, please, do not forget to pray for me."


Experience more of WYD2019 from The Vatican News at: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-01/pope-francis-panama-wyd-2019-concluding-mass-homily.html


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Pope at WYD Vigil in Panama: Are you willing to say “Yes”?

Pope Francis addresses 600,000 young people at Panama City’s Metro Park for the WYD Vigil and challenges them to imitate Mary, the “influencer” of God.

By Seàn-Patrick Lovett


Three lives. Three stories. Three testimonies to faith, hope and love. These were the inspirations behind Pope Francis’ reflections to the 600,000 young people gathered for the World Youth Day Vigil in Metro Park, outside Panama City, on Saturday night.


Life stories, and love stories. “The Lord is the first to say ‘yes’”, said the Pope. “And He wants us to say ‘yes’ along with Him”, as He invites us “to be part of a love story”. Pope Francis presented Mary as the supreme example of how to say ‘yes’ and to “trust in the love and promises of God”. It is this, he said, that makes Mary, “the ‘influencer’ of God”.


“Yes” to embracing life


“Mary’s ‘yes’ echoes and expands in every generation”, continued Pope Francis. And here he thanked a young couple for their witness in facing the “difficulties and risks” associated with the birth of their daughter after she was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. “Saying ‘yes’ to the Lord means embracing life as it comes”, said the Pope, “with all its fragility”. “It is through our frailties and flaws that the Lord wants to write our love story”, he said. “What a gift it is to know we have a Father who embraces us despite our imperfections”.


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“Yes” to building community


Pope Francis then thanked the young man who shared his story of how he dealt with drug addiction. The Pope spoke of how impossible it is for us to grow “unless we have strong roots to support us”: the roots of an education , employment, a family, a community. Without these we cannot “dream of a future”, he said. “Because dreaming of a future” means answering the question what am I living for, and who am I living for”.


“Yes” to being guardians


To be an “influencer” in the 21st Century, said Pope Francis, “is to be guardians of roots”, of everything that makes us “feel part of one another”, that makes us “feel we belong”. This was the experience of the third testimony referenced by the Pope: that of a young woman from Palestine who discovered the faith two years ago at WYD in Krakow. “She found a lively, happy community that welcomed her and gave her a sense of belonging”, said Pope Francis, allowing her “to live the joy that comes from being found by Jesus”.


Willingness to say “Yes”


Read the full article HERE!: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-01/pope-francis-panama-wyd-2019-vigil-say-yes.html


Check out Instagram/levineagnes and the Happiness Journey at:  https://tinyurl.com/y86f935j


Also, use hashtags #WYDUSA, #WYDEnglish, #WYD2019, and #Panama on Twitter for lots of wonderful photos of world Youth Day 2019 in Panama.

LOPnewsmag I ~ DESIGNING OBAMA LEADERS, CONGRESSWOMAN DEB HAALAND...

Posted on January 12, 2019 at 4:50 PM

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

1)     THE OBAMA FOUNDATION NEWS:  Designing Obama Leaders

              Program

 

2)      ED TRUST NEWS:  “Aiming For Equity: A New Resolution For

              Statewide Degree Attainment” Goals By Katie Berger


             “Millions Of College Students Are Going Hungry: A New

              Government Report Highlights Just How Pervasive The

              Problem Is” By Adam Harris


3)     NAMI-CHINEESE NEWS:  “Hope Is Within Reach” By

              Elaine Peng!


4)     AUTISM RESEARCH INSTITUTE NEWS:  ARI January 2019

             Newsletter From Dr. Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.!


5)     DYSLEXIA IDA NEWS:  Georgia Plan To Help Dyslexic Students


6)     CHADD NEWS:  You’re Invited To Create An ADHD-Friendly

             Home Environment


7)     CATHOLIC EDUCATION NEWS BY ATLANTA, GA

        ARCHDIOCESE ARCHBISHOP WILTON D. GREGORY


             Celebrate MLK, Jr. Week

             Dr. Raul Escarpio News – Catholic4all Podcast Episode No. 64

             AGNES’ BLOG


8]     NATION-AT-A-GLANCE: U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN

            DEB HAALAND (D-N.M.)


9)     LOP’s Leisure Reading List – Teens, Young Adults, Adults


10)   VISIT: https://tinyurl.com/y8oekpt9


HAPPY NEW YEAR!



LOPnewsmag XXXII ~ MBK RISING, ALL WITHIN MY HANDS, HOLIDAY FOOD SAFETY TIPS, SEAT AT THE TABLE ...

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 4:35 PM
TABLE OF CONTENTS: 1) THE OBAMA FOUNDATION NEWS: MBK Rising 2) BIDEN FOUNDATION NEWS: ???All Within My Hands!??? 3) ED TRUST NEWS: ???Q&A With Erika McConduit, Ed Trust Louisiana Director 4) CDC Holiday Safety News: Keep Holiday Dinner Safe Tips 5) Edward M. Kennedy Institute News: Seat At The Table 6) CATHOLIC EDUCATION NEWS BY ATLANTA, GA ARCHDIOCESE ARCHBISHOP WILTON D. GREGORY: Celebrate Advent Dr. Raul Escarpio News -Episode 62 & 63 AGNES??? BLOG 7) NATION-AT-A-GLANCE: PAY YOUR OBAMACARE PREMIUMS! 8] LOP???s Leisure Reading List ??? Teens, Young Adults, Adults 9] VISIT: https://tinyurl.com/yb792tlz HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM LEVINE-OLIVER PUBLISHER, INC.

LOPnewsmag XXXI ~ OBAMACARE MEDICARE DEADLINE OPEN ENROLLMENT INFORMATION, NATION-AT-A-GLANCE FEATURING TERRIE M. WILLIAMS

Posted on December 3, 2018 at 9:35 AM
TABLE OF CONTENTS: 1) THE OBAMA FOUNDATION NEWS: Thanksgiving Surprise!, R.I.P. 41ST PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH 2) COLLEGE PROMISE NEWS: "Three Community College Opportunities That Will Surprise You!??? 3) ED TRUST NEWS: "Profile In Education Equity: Rich Buery, Chief Of Policy And Public Affairs, Kipp Foundation??? Ed Watch ??? North Carolina! 4) AARP NEWS: ???Your Guide To Medicare Open Enrollment??? By Dennis Bunis! 5) BAZELON LAW CENTER NEWS: 6) Financial Help For Affordable Health Insurance 7) HIV.Gov NEWS: WORLD AIDS DAY 8] CATHOLIC EDUCATION NEWS BY ATLANTA, GA ARCHDIOCESE ARCHBISHOP WILTON D. GREGORY Christmas Pageant Dr. Raul Escarpio News -Episode 60 AGNES??? BLOG 9) NATION-AT-A-GLANCE: TERRIE M. WILLIAMS 10) LOP???s Leisure Reading List ??? Teens, Young Adults, Adults **Start the conversations about having affordable health insurance. You can be thankful with a peace of mind when you purchase during the affordable OBAMACARE OPEN ENROLLMENT period! 11) VISIT: https://tinyurl.com/yd9w6yr3 Calling All Advocates, #GetCovered

LOPnewsmag XXX ~ OBAMACARE OPEN ENROLLMENT INFORMATION!

Posted on November 21, 2018 at 1:50 PM
1) THE OBAMA FOUNDATION NEWS: Obama Summit 2018 Highlights 2) THE BIDEN FOUNDATION NEWS: Take The Pledge 3) ED TRUST NEWS: ???Equity Line ??? Checking Math Assignments!??? 4) BAZELON LAW CENTER NEWS: Obamacare Open Enrollment 5) HEALTHCARE.GOV NEWS : Open Enrollment 6) MARYLAND HEALTH CONNECTION NEWS: Open Enrollment 7) CATHOLIC EDUCATION NEWS BY ATLANTA, GA ARCHDIOCESE ARCHBISHOP WILTON D. GREGORY St. Joseph Catholic ???Blue Ribbon??? School Dr. Raul Escarpio News ??? Podcast Episode No. 59 AGNES??? BLOG 8] NATION-AT-A-GLANCE: OPEN ENROLLMENT DEADLINE 9) LOP???s Leisure Reading List ??? Teens, Young Adults, Adults 10) VISIT: https://tinyurl.com/ydxprkgm #GetCovered

LOPnewsmag XXIX ~ OBAMA CAREER& TRAINING, BAZELON MENTAL HEALTH LAW, CONGRESSWOMAN JACKY ROSEN....

Posted on October 30, 2018 at 10:15 AM

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

1)    THE OBAMA FOUNDATION NEWS:  Career And Training

              Opportunities Fair Hosted To Prepare Chicagoans

              For Obama Center Jobs


2)     ED TRUST NEWS:  “Educators And Activists Discuss Civic

              And Political Engagement” By Tiffany Pennamon


3)     BAZELON LAW CENTER NEWS:  Advances In Employment Policy

              For Individuals With Serious Mental Illness


4)     USDE NEWS: “Reflections On Where We’ve Been:

              A Mother And Son’s Journey With Dyslexia”


5)     AUTISM RESEARCH INSTITUTE NEWS: “Siblings Of Children

              With Autism Have Social, Emotional Problems!”


6)     ASSOCIATION OF RETARDED CITIZENS NEWS: “October Is National

              Employment Disabilities Month”


7)     CATHOLIC EDUCATION NEWS BY ATLANTA, GA

        ARCHDIOCESE ARCHBISHOP WILTON D. GREGORY


              Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School Video

              Dr. Raul Escarpio News - When It Comes To Inclusion, Does

              Religion Need A

8]     AGNES’ BLOG


9)    NATION-AT-A-GLANCE: CONGRESSWOMAN JACKY ROSEN (D-NV.)


10)  LOP’s Leisure Reading List – Teens, Young Adults, Adults


11)   VISIT: https://tinyurl.com/yagj2cbl




LOPnewsmag XXIII ~ OBAMA SUMMIT 2018, NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL AWARDS, CONGRESSMAN BETOS O'ROURKE (D.-TX)

Posted on October 17, 2018 at 3:00 PM
Table of Contents: 1) THE OBAMA FOUNDATION NEWS: 2018 Annual Obama Summit 2) BIDEN FOUNDATION NEWS: 'Time Poverty' Of Students Who Are Parents 3) ED TRUST NEWS: ???Black Teachers Are Not Enough??? By Sharif El-Mekki 4) Survey: Nearly Half Of Recent High School Grads Need Remedial Help In College! 5) NAMI-MARYLAND NEWS: 2018 Annual Conference 6) FAFSA NEWS: Download New Fafsa Mobile App 7) CATHOLIC EDUCATION NEWS BY ATLANTA, GA ARCHDIOCESE ARCHBISHOP WILTON D. GREGORY National Blue Ribbon Schools Awarded! Dr. Raul Escarpio News - When It Comes To Inclusion, Does Religion Need A Wake-Up Call?! AGNES??? BLOG 8) NATION-AT-A-GLANCE: CONGRESSMAN BETOS O???ROURKE (D-Tx.) 9) LOP???s Leisure Reading List ??? Teens, Young Adults, Adults 10) VISIT: https://tinyurl.com/yaval7ue and spread the information with your family, friends, co-workers, community, and church leaders, too!

LOPnewsmag XXII ~ OBAMA'S CONVERSATIONS IN AMSTERDAM, BIDEN CHALLENGE, FAFSA...

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 4:05 PM


TABLE OF CONTENTS:

1)     THE OBAMA FOUNDATION NEWS:  Former President Obama

               Has A Conversation With Leaders In Amsterdam

2)     BIDEN FOUNDATION NEWS: The Biden Challenge

3)     ED TRUST NEWS: 2017 Teacher of the Year Ricky Castro

4)     FAFSA® NEWS: COMPLETE THE FAFSA®

5)     CATHOLIC EDUCATION NEWS BY ATLANTA, GA

        ARCHDIOCESE ARCHBISHOP WILTON D. GREGORY

               Clergy & Lay Faithful Study Day

               Dr. Raul Escarpio News - Catholic Ed 4 All iTunes Podcasts

               AGNES’ BLOG

6)    NATION-AT-A-GLANCE: PARENTS GUIDE TO COMPLETE FAFSA®

7)    LOP’s Leisure Reading List – Teens, Young Adults, Adults

8]    VISIT: https://tinyurl.com/ydadw4qp


LOPnewsmag XXI ~ NATIONAL DEAF AWARENESS MONTH, ALZHEIMERS AWARENESS MONTH...

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 4:05 PM

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

1)     THE OBAMA FOUNDATION NEWS: National Deaf Awareness Month 

 

2)     FORMER USDE SECRETARY ARNE DUNCAN NEWS:  “Free College For

             All Will Power Our 21st-Century Economy And Empower Our Democracy!” 


3)     ED TRUST NEWS:     “Making Essa’s Resource Equity Provisions Meaningful”

             By Ary Amerikaner 


4)     HHS.GOV NEWS: KEEPING FAITH:  Bringing Hope And Healing In The Midst

             Of The Opioid Crisis 

 

5)     INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION NEWS:  Virtual Dyslexia Con2018 

6)     CATHOLIC EDUCATION NEWS BY ATLANTA, GA ARCHDIOCESE

         ARCHBISHOP WILTON D. GREGORY:  National Alzheimers Month 

              Dr. Raul Escarpio News - Catholic Ed 4 All iTunes Podcasts 

              AGNES’ BLOG 

7)     NATION-AT-A-GLANCE ALZHEIMERS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA 


8]     LOP’s Leisure Reading List – Teens, Young Adults, Adults 

9)     VISIT:  https://tinyurl.com/yaut7qt8






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