Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 4th 2018 Contents Forgiveness the main weapon
Materialism and sel ishness have
taken over the world. The peo-
ple of T&T have not escaped this
phenomenon. The immediacy of
our wants far outweighs waiting
to get our needs. These are the
problems which have overtaken
The obvious question must
be, can this period of Lent really
have such a serious impact on
you that will make you change
your way of life---the materialism,
sel ishness and money must play
a secondary role during this pe-
riod---and you put God irst in all
you do. It's hard. I know.
"Human sinfulness begins with
self-centred thoughts that lead to
sel ish actions: me irst, my fam-
ily, my tribe, my will," so writes
Deborah Meister in the booklet
'Living Faith'. "Repentance," she
said, "means giving up my will in
order to accept God's will. What
is best for me and mine gives way
to God's love for all of creation."
She continues, "We strive to
love as God loves us though mor-
tal love is never perfect. When
we fail, overcome by anger, im-
patience, jealousy or apathy, we
can heal these relationships with
repentance, asking for forgive-
ness as we forgive others."
This tells us how we should
deal with our fellow man. How
we should deal with our enemies
by the utilisation of forgiveness.
This world has too much hate,
discrimination, and anger, but
we can do our little bit to change
To do this, you would need
God's grace to experience a con-
version of heart. And Fr James
Behrens OSCC said, "It is such a
conversion that entails a turning
of one's heart toward God." To
make Lent meaningful, he said
this along with other penitential
practices which are traditional;
like the giving up of certain
things or doing your best to at-
tend daily mass.
Fr Behrens said, "We might
also consider that a turning to-
ward God involves two encoun-
ters---with God and with our
brothers and sisters in Christ."
"Lent," said Fr James, "can and
should be a very fruitful time
when we make a determined
effort to forgive those who may
have hurt us and when we make
amends to those whom we may
have offended. Making peace
with God is inseparable from
making peace with others. If we
do our best to right wrongs dur-
ing these coming weeks, we will
also ind peace within ourselves."
Are you prepared to live with
only what you need? Or, would
you rather live with the things
you want? The second option is
what most people would prefer.
It is a much more comfortable
lifestyle---the ability to get your
hands on anything you want al-
ways seems the better way to go
regardless of how it is accom-
Nowadays, materialism is a
worldwide phenomenon and it
has reared its ugly head in the
T&T society, making choices
more dif icult for many people.
It has become akin to the old
Barbadian saying "all is mine"
and there are those who would
do anything to 'get rich quick',
regardless of morals.
Let us Christians pray for a
more upright society using for-
giveness as our main weapon.
Vernon Khelawan is a columnist
for Catholic Media Services Limited
(Camsel), the official communications
arm of the Archdiocese of Port-of-
Spain. Its offices are located at 31
Independence Square. Telephone: 623-
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Sunday, March 4, 2018
Cops still probing Calabar
The police probe into the
Calabar Foundation matter
involving People's National
Movement Port-of-Spain South
MP Marlene McDonald---new-
ly-appointed Junior Minister in
the Ministry of Public Adminis-
tration and Communications---is
Brian Del Hussein Too many
police running probes on minister
busy thieving and nobody running
the country or policing murderers &
cocaine traf ickers.
Shyankaran Lalla The Police
Service is not an independent body,
they are puppets of the politicians
and that's why corruption can con-
Johnny Cage CORRUPTION COR-
Melina Hutchinson The police
are also investigating Ramdeen and
he is a senator.
Theresa Conliffe Dr Rowley yuh
good, now yuh have POS lock for
sure, UNC allyuh take that cuz that's
what bunning allyuh...Dr Rowley's
move, UNC didn't have time to pay
someone to go screw things up, he
catch allyuh just like he did with the
president elect, hahaha.
Roger Alexander That only
proves how incompetent the TTPS
is.A43-year-old prison of icer
has been charged with
having a large quantity of
marijuana and other contraband
items in his locker at the Port-of-
Spain State Prison.
Beekram Rampersad What, he
was doing a side work.
Alandra Mohammad But like he
was also smoking the herbs, look dah
Ahsemat Yokcm He nah learn
Cornelius Wendel Joseph What a
waste of life. Now you get locked up
same place you guarding.
Lester Barker I would ah say the
gangsters threaten my family.
Brian Del Hussein Better you sell
prisoners weed and let them mellow
out with good behaviour than that
cooped up angry riot ener y explode
Cecil Sleepy Clarke He was at
home when his locker was searched
I only hope is not so.
John W Smith These illegal activi-
ties occur in government institutions
because the Government is highly
tolerant of it, because the votes are
more important than the welfare of
Reeto Ramalli And then u want
to know where the prisoners getting
drugs, cellphones and other illegal
stuff from! It starts from the top.
While the nation is cur-
rently focusing on the
current coastal ero-
sion disaster afflicting residents
of Bamboo Village, Cedros, yet
another community has been
plagued by the same woes long
Shyankaran Lalla There is
coastal erosion taking place in both
Trinidad and Tobago and if this is
not addressed with a sense of ur-
gency not only land will be lost to
the sea but lives also...Do you know
that Plymouth recreation ground is
a disaster waiting to happen because
of coastal erosion? Check the erosion
at Crown Point and Magdalena hotel.
Betty Motilal God is showing man
who he is and how powerful he is.
He is the creator of everything. Time
to give up and surrender your lives
Cathe Rine Hope they don't wait
until it's too late to get out.
Liselle Thomas Now now, you
build your homes near coastal wa-
ters then you see HDC projects pop
up and you want those homes cause
you chose to build in the sea mouth.
Time to crack down on these illegal
buildings both near seas and in the
Newly appointed Minister in the Ministry of Communications and Public Administration, Marlene Mc Donald
receives her letter of appointment from President Anthony Carmona during the swearing-in ceremony at the Office
of The President on Circular Road, St Ann's, earlier this week.
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The secret of making dreams
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in four C's. They are curiosity,
con dence, courage, and con-
stancy; and the greatest of these
is con dence.---Walt Disney
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