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Fifth Sunday of Lent, first reading with some commentary

By Noel Ihebuzor

Today’s first reading says it all for me. There is nothing that God cannot do. Nothing! I survey our current tragedies and aridities, I contemplate the endless twisting and slippery road before us, I examine the wasteland before us, an avoidable wasteland caused by greed, incompetence, lack of vision, emotional aridity and lack of compassion…..yes, I see the suffering these impose on us – the suffocating climate of helplessness and rampaging despondency….and many more negative manifestations of these sad times….and I remember the qualities of our God, the qualities of our God who renews and who converts deserts to greens, who levels mountains and I tell myself, this current mess, these years of mess, these years of hunchback misery, this insecurity, this hopelessness, this bumbling inefficiency, this reign and triumph of arrogance and ignorance… yes, ALL THESE MUST PASS. Join me in a loud MARANATHA!

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Fertile earth-bound imaginations of Heaven

By

Professor Emmanuel Ejike (fondly called Nwa Emma by all of us his Ogssian classmates

Na waoo!
I love the earth as God’s work.
I love heaven too
When I went there last
Everyone knew what
I was wondering about
It was strange
You communicate by thought
So I returned to earth
Where we communicate
By words
And lie in our thoughts
And lie further by
Our actions
Besides there were no
Churches in heaven
That was grievous
I looked forward to meeting
Popes, Bishops, Cardinals
ELDERS , Apostles , Angels
But Paul and Peter
Came and sat besides
At what appeared to be
Breakfast, but was not
Because there was no night
And said quietly
Get out
You are not yet ready
That is how
I woke up in a hospital bed
With a green cannula on my arm
Later I heard the nurse
Whisper quietly
He is awake now
But do not show
Him the bills
He might relapse
And we would miss
Our next month salary

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Vital Keys To Effective Time Management

good one – brief and to the point, teaches and yet saves time

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Vital Keys to Effective Time Management

by Ormond Rankin

The concept of “time management” is really a misnomer. There is no such thing as “time management.” Try as you may, you cannot manage or control time – it just keeps on “ticking, ticking, ticking” into the future. However, the one thing you can manage is yourself and where you choose to invest your time.

Time management is really life management. There are loads of books and tapes out there on the subject of time management and I’ve taken the opportunity to read and listen to many of them. So as we turn our focus to managing this thing called “time”, I’ll share a few fundamental strategies that have made the real difference in time management for me and hundreds of others.

We have become a nation of plate spinners. Many of us have become like the clowns we see in…

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Race in Society

The Other Sociologist

Associate Professor Alana Lentin and I are both sociologists and we’ve launched a new webseries called “Race in Society.” The first season is dedicated to “Race and COVID-19.” In this first episode, we cover the inspiration for the series and why we are focusing on the pandemic.

In the video below, Alana explains how our idea for Race in Society came about. We were noticing an increased interest in critical race studies among academics, students, and the broader public. Much of this discussion replicates ideas of race from North America, which is not necessarily applicable to Australia.

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