Sunday, November 15, 2009

Discipline and training give Pacquiao 7th title

PACQUIAO WINS OVER COTTO: Manny Pacquiao is really the best boxer there is in the whole world now, and this is not only because he prevailed over Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto in their “Firepower” November 15, 2009 match, and also not only because he is the only one who has won seven titles in seven different divisions.

He has become the best in the sport simply because of his willingness to undergo the most rigorous preparation and training before his fights, something that many boxers and many other athletes seem unable to perfect.

Of course, it helped that Manny now has the money to pay for the best coach, the best seconds, the best trainers and the best of the best of equipment and training paraphernalia, but what Manny has in abundance at this point in his career and in his life is the spirit to subject himself to even the strictest conditions his handlers require of him.

As in every other aspect of life, plenty of training and disciplined preparation completely make the difference, resulting in victory, in glory and, in Pacquiao’s case, in fame, riches and, many a time, in being considered as the most handsome man in the Philippines and in the whole world.


“2012”, THE MOVIE, IS NOT ABOUT THE BIBLICAL END OF THE WORLD: The Roland Emmerich “end of the world” movie, “2012”, is definitely an entertaining film but it lacks the bite of credibility, at least insofar as someone like me who was half-expecting that the movie would contain some references to Biblical descriptions of how the world will end from the point of Jesus Christ, as written in Matthew 24 of the Holy Bible.

I know that Emmerich could not have been expected to hue to the end of the world as Jesus described it, since Roland is not known to be a religious man (and a Catholic) and the movie is not a religious documentary, but then, he could have taken pains to give his viewers an inkling, at least, of the Biblical “end of the world”.

I do not know how that could have been carried out in the movie, but, then it would not have been very difficult to make a portrayal of it in the manner indicated in Mathew 24:29, thus:

"Immediately after the distress of those days, 'the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.' “


PROCLAMATION OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD: “Proclamation of the Kingdom of God” is the third mystery in the Mysteries of Light, or Luminous Mysteries, of the Holy Rosary of the Roman Catholic Christians, and an account of it is found in Matthew 4:17, Mark 1:14 and Luke 4:15 of the Bible.

In Matthew 4:17, the story is told that when Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been put in prison, He returned to Galilee, and then lived in Capernaum, by the lake in Zebulun and Naphtali, to fulfill what the prophet Isaiah said.

“From that on, Jesus began to preach,” the same Biblical verse says, and what Jesus started to preach was this: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

In Mark 1:14, an almost identical account is found, thus: “After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. `The time has come’, he said. `The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news.’”

In Luke 4:15, on the other hand, this is what is written: “He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.” Luke however says that Jesus began to preach after he was tempted for forty days in the desert.
What is the lesson that we can derive from the third mystery of the Mysteries of Light?

It is that, there is a need for man, who has become wicked and mired in sin, to repent, stop sinning, and make the good news of God---the Bible nowadays---a necessary part of his life.


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