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By Benjamin J. Hubbard | July 20, 2012
"Practice dying," Plato said. Such practice is extremely important, because no one escapes death. Of perhaps equal importance is practicing how to live after a loved one dies. Among the shocks that befall humanity, few are more devastating than such a loss. The July 23 cover story in Time Magazine deals with the suicides of military personnel — one per day on average, and most of them young. Every 14 seconds, someone in the U.S. dies. That's about 6,200 deaths per day. So, somewhere in this country, every day, children, parents, spouses and friends are facing life without a person who made an immense difference in their own lives.
July 18, 2012
I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy reading Mona Shadia's weekly column in the Daily Pilot. I grew up here in Southern California and had never spent much time with people from the Middle East, or people of the Muslin faith. After 9/11, my feelings for Muslims went on a downhill slide in a big way. I wanted nothing to do with Muslims. Then, five years ago, my wife and I went on a cruise from Barcelona across the Mediterranean to Alexandria, Egypt. As we docked, I heard the evening call to prayer, and I thought, wow!
By Mona Shadia | July 4, 2012
I struggle to fulfill my commitment to five daily prayers. It's not something that I'm proud to admit because praying brings out the best in me. Like eating and drinking to nourish your body, praying five times a day feeds your soul, connects you to God and helps you stay on track. The exact hour and minute of each prayer may vary, but in general, Muslims pray in the morning, around noon, in the afternoon, at sunset and in the evening. Each prayer is about five minutes or less.
By Mona Shadia | June 27, 2012
This might hurt. But once it's over, we'll all feel better. Jerusalem, the blessed city, the witness to heaven's miracles, the center of faith, hope and despair, is not just important to Jews and Christians. It is significant to Muslims as well. Muslims just celebrated the anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad's Night Journey and Ascension from Mecca to Jerusalem to heaven on June 17, which this year was the 27th day of the Islamic lunar calendar month, Rajab. You almost don't want to believe it. I mean, how could you go from Mecca in Saudi Arabia, to Jerusalem to the seventh heaven and back to Mecca in one night?
By Sarah Peters | May 26, 2012
Six months ago, Lori Fallace had never spent a night in a tent. In June, with subtemperature gear and ice pick in hand, the Irvine schoolteacher will scale the 14,179 feet to Mt. Shasta's peak in a show of perseverance and support for all those who have been affected by breast cancer. "What I want to achieve is to empower people," Fallace said. "There are steps you can take to decrease your risk. " Fallace, Irvine Unified School District 2012 middle school teacher of the year, has taught science and health classes for years.
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | April 6, 2012
For Christians and Jews, all of our religious holidays divide us except for Passover and Easter. Passover and Easter divide us by bringing us closer together. Let me try to explain this exquisite spiritual contradiction. Passover and Easter are different in that Passover, as theologian Martin Buber has written, is celebrated by a meal eaten for God, while Easter is celebrated by a meal eaten of God. Passover celebrates a God who could not become visible, while Easter celebrates a God who had to become visible to save a sinful humanity.
By Bruce Gleason | November 11, 2011
Can one prove a negative hypothesis? It's usually very difficult to prove a negative hypothesis, but when a claim of attributes of a deity are made, and those claims have evidence that they do not exist, then it is partial proof of the non-existence of said deity. The claim: The God of the Bible hears prayers and answers them in the affirmative. "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. " (Matthew 21:22) "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
By Crissy Brooks | August 25, 2011
In some respects, it had been a normal day, with the normal interruptions of neighbors stopping by and staff popping in with questions. What stood out to me about the day was that each interruption, the answer to each question asked, the solution to each problem, was blocked by our broken immigration system. It felt like we couldn't get anything done without fixing immigration first. Ricardo came by to type up a letter for the school district to prove his income so his kids could get bus passes.
By Steve Virgen, | April 30, 2011
Cheta Ozougwu said he spent a lot of time praying during the 2011 NFL Draft. A devout Christian, the 22-year-old said he believed God's will would be done. Ozougwu, a 6-foot-2, 247-pound defensive end out of Rice University, believed he would be picked. If anyone tries to tease him now, he can use a bible verse for where he was taken as the Houston Texans made him the 254th and dead last pick in the draft. A part of Mark 10:31 reads, "The last will be first. " "I like that," Ozougwu said with a laugh.
By Joseph Serna, | March 21, 2011
COSTA MESA — With heads bowed and the rain pouring over them, local church leaders and hundreds of congregants encircled Costa Mesa City Hall in prayer Monday. Representing numerous faiths, they prayed in a show of support as the city recovers from the suicide of one of its employees and others who face layoffs six months from now. "Today we're simply here to show support and love for our city in light of everything that's been happening," said Becks Heyhoe, an organizer for One Church for Our City, a coalition of Costa Mesa churches.
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