Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 17th 2017 Contents VERNON KHELAWAN
Last week I wrote about
the lack of love and
our people. Lo and
behold, the second
reading at last Sun-
day's Mass was Romans 13:10
which said, "You must love your
neighbour as yourself.
Love is the one thing that can-
not hurt your neighbour; that is
why it is the answer to every one
of the commandments."
More than that, our church
choir for the meditation hymn
sang out boldly urging the congre-
gation to "Love one another, love
one another. As I have loved you,
and care for each other...And bear
one another's burdens and share
each other's joys."
When the recessional hymn
came...much more love. They
sang, "We will walk with each
other, we will walk hand in
hand....And together we'll spread
the news. That God is in our
land....and they'll know we are
Christians by our love, by our
Is there a message here? I think
there is. God is telling us that it is
time we revert to times past where
in this society love and kindness
and forgiveness prevailed; where
it was no problem to give teachers
and policemen a hearing; where
it took a village to raise a child.
Today everyone is angry with one
More than that, Pope Francis
during his recent visit to Colom-
bia told the people the world
today needs people who promote
peace and dialogue. He added,
"The church too, is called to this
task, to promote reconciliation
with the Lord and with one's
brothers and sisters."
When we take a cursory glance
at the world we live in today what
do we see? Storms and hurri-
canes devastating countries. Im-
agine, two disastrous hurricanes
destroying several islands and
huge swaths of the United States;
earthquakes in Mexico, Japan and
Italy; huge wild ires in California;
floods in various countries in Asia
and most frightening of all North
Korea playing with 'nuclear toys'.
The heinous crimes being com-
mitted in T&T caused my younger
brother Patrick, in a telephone
conversation as he and his fam-
ily waited on hurricane Irma,
to ask, what was going on in the
paradise he left in 1968. Has all
the love gone? Although he lives
in Orlando, Florida, this Vietnam
veteran keeps track of what's hap-
pening here at home.
He reminded me of how dif-
ferent life was when we were
growing up, where everybody
loved one another regardless of
ethnicity, religious persuasion or
social standing. Now it is murder
after horrible murder; robbery
after robbery; home invasion
after home invasion; a slew of
bad driving habits which is now
turning into violent clashes. Peo-
ple don't settle arguments by am-
icable discussions any more. They
"Where is the love," he asked
again. It just befuddled him how
we lived here.
As good Roman Catholics, we
pray for the return of those days.
Love, kindness and forgiveness.
Maybe the signs that are now ob-
vious may bring change and make
T&T's society a better one.
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Sunday, September 17, 2017
of the day
"If you want to know what a
man's like, take a good look at
how he treats his inferiors, not
"Be who you are and say what
you feel, because those who
mind don't matter, and those
who matter don't mind."
---Bernard M. Baruch
"Courage is the rst of human
qualities because it is the quality
which guarantees all others."
-- Winston Churchill
"Luck is a dividend of sweat. The
more you sweat, the luckier you
ON TAKING ACTION
F the media!
Two men, including a sen-
ior police of icer, yesterday
(Friday) assaulted a Guardian
Media photographer while he
was on of icial duty in Penal.
Kristian De Silva was covering
the fake oil iasco and seeking
an interview with the owner of
A&V Oil and Gas, Nazim Baksh,
in the southern part of the is-
land at the time of the incident.
Mano Andy Churkoo: So the
freedom of press is also compro-
mised?...is this a dictator state?
Zalina R Singh: Check and see
if the police of icer is closely re-
lated . Just asking. There's other
residents lives at that avenue.
David Daniel: Hope he gets
some serious compensation for
this attack and the police of icer
Melina Hutchinson: This
happens all the time with the pa-
parazzi, in fact they caused the
death of Princess Diana.
The media must learn not to in-
vade the privacy of persons in an
attempt to get a story.
Entering private property with-
out a person's consent is known
as trespassing which is a criminal
PM told: Be
Leela Ramdeen, head of the
Social Justice Commission and
a member of the Equal
Opportunity Tribuna, said
Prime Minister Dr Keith
comment, which was directed
at Opposition Leader Kamla
Persad Bissessar, is
unbecoming of a leader.
Richard Mohan: Trinidadians
have no standards and class. Our
politicians and their behavior are
a true reflection of our society. At
the end of the day, they did not
put themselves in of ice, the elec-
torate did! So take what alyuh get
and hush because none is any bet-
ter than the other between PNM
Laurence Tenia: Denise Bal-
four sang a song bring out the
jammet in me and man woman
and child wine down to the
ground on carnival day so what
are they fussing about.
Dexter Kirt Alexander: Trin-
idadians have too much time on
they hands. And the Opposition
leader just looking to score po-
litical points. Waste of time and
ener y over one word that was
used to describe a situation. Not a
person you know a situation.
Mitra Persad: A disgusting
statement, from no less a person
than a prime minister.
Seven held as
"Allyuh save me" was the cry
of 71-year-old Sooklal Ramroop
as he scurried out the man-
groves off Bayshore Avenue,
Marabella after spending 21
hours in captivity.
Nelsia Loraine-Smith: Thank
God he is safe. Thank God. Good
job of icers. Now to solve the
Garth Brierly: The TTPS is ac-
tually competent when it comes
to dealing with kidnapping for
ransom. A lot of training and re-
sources were pumped into that
area. The same level of compe-
tence is not seen when it comes
to many other crimes though.
Sherry Lokai: Excellent job
police, hope you all are rewarded
well. I hope these people don't get
bail, let them rot in jail for their
CV Sankarsingh: Hunt them
Drug addict grabs
$ bag after fatal
A 55-year-old homeless man is
now in police custody after
being caught on CCTV footage
retrieving a bag illed with
cash which bandits left behind
during their failed robbery at
a supermarket earlier this
week in Barataria.
Niccolo Marfan: Thief from
thief does make God laugh.
Mona Seebaran: Lucky
man. Give him some money. He
grabbed the bag and he probably
got sober immediately.lol.
Mahadeo Sookoo: Finder's
keepers? Well look I getting
locked up too because if I see a
bag of money I will pick it up too
and take it to the police. Now I
will have to think twice about
They're locking up the wrong
man. Look for the robbers not the
Guardian Media Ltd's staff photographer, Kristian De Silva who was
attacked and had his equipment destroyed while photographing A&V Oil
and Gas in Penal, the company named in a fake oil scandal at Petrotrin.
PICTURE RISHI RAGOONATH
It is easy to sit up and take
notice, what is difficult is getting
up and taking action.
---Honore de Balzac
Love your neighbour
Vernon Khelawan is a columnist
for Catholic Media Services
Ltd (Camsel), the official
communications arm of
the Archdiocese of Port-of-
Spain. Its offices are located
at 31 Independence Square.
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