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International Day of Radiology – 8 November

This year, on November 8, the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will celebrate the fifth International Day of Radiology (IDoR 2016), along with radiological societies the world over. This follows the successful International Days of Radiology, starting in 2012, which were held with the aim of building greater awareness of the value that radiology contributes to safe patient care, and improving understanding of the vital role radiologists play in the healthcare continuum.

Medical imaging is one of the most exciting and progressive disciplines in healthcare and a field of great activity in terms of technological and biological research. X-rays, MRI scans, ultrasound and numerous other medical imaging technologies, as well as the eye-catching images associated with them, are known to many people, but the exact purpose and value of these services is not widely understood by the public.

We therefore chose November 8, the day that Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered the existence of x-rays in 1895, as a day of action and awareness. We hope to alert the world to the stunning medical, scientific and even artistic possibilities of medical imaging, the essential role of the radiologist as a part of the healthcare team in countless medical scenarios, and the high educational and professional standards required of all staff working in medical imaging.
Breast imaging has been chosen as the main theme of the day, to highlight the important role that radiology plays in the detection, diagnosis and management of diseases of the breast. To fulfil this purpose the organisers are this year cooperating with the European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI).

The day is a joint initiative of the ESR, the RSNA and the ACR, with the full cooperation and involvement of the International Society of Radiology (ISR), as well as umbrella organisations on all continents, including the Asian Oceanian Society of Radiology (AOSR), the Colegio Interamericano de Radiología (CIR), the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR), and the Radiological Society of South Africa (RSSA – which also represents neighbouring countries). The European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) also supports the International Day of Radiology.

Source: Text: European Society of Radiology;  Image: Facebook

32nd Sunday of the Year, C

the-catholic-catalogue”I promise you, I will…” A promise – we may be the one speaking the words. Or, someone else may be assuring us that he will do something for us, she will carry out something on our behalf. If the person speaking is trustworthy, we can hope that we will get what is promised. If he or she is reliable, we may expect that we will obtain whatever we have been told would be done or given.

What if the promise is given by… God? Yes, God makes promises, amazing promises, wonderful promises – so wonderful that we may think that… it is too good to be true. On the other hand, a promise made by God not being fulfilled is… unthinkable!

The 1st reading of this Sunday (32nd, Year C: 2 Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14) shows us people who have been “relying on God’s promise,” and this to the point of waging their life on it! The book of Maccabees tells the story of seven brothers (we meet four of them in this text ) who are faithful to God to the point of death because they are absolutely convinced that they will live again.

Yes, in this text of the Old Testament we see appearing this extraordinary belief in an afterlife. The second brother says it clearly: “The King of this world will raise us up… to live again for ever.” The words of his brother, the fourth one to speak, proclaim the same faith: “Ours is the better choice, to meet death at men’s hands, yet relying on God’s promise that we shall be raised up by him.”

 We could say that this Sunday presents us with… a matter of life and death – a serious matter if ever there was one! And the promise of God is reaffirmed by Jesus himself when challenged by the Sadducees (gospel reading Lk.20:27-38): “God is the God of the living; for the him all men are in fact alive.”

 Are we, alive? Really so? And are we convinced that we can be alive beyond death, if only we rely on God’s promise? It is, indeed, a matter of life and death!

Source: Image: The Catholic Catalogue




31st Sunday of the Year, C

zacchaeusHe was well-known, yes, he had a reputation, but not one to be envied. He was despised by his people for being a publican. As such, he was collecting the taxes from his fellow-Jews to the benefit of the hated power of occupation – the Romans. He was clever and knew how to profit from his post. He was a wealthy man and enjoyed his situation. Such was Zacchaeus (Lk.19:1-10).

But his dignity suffered from… a limitation – he was a short man. Amazingly, this contributed to… his salvation. For he was curious to see the Man of Nazareth, that preacher named Jesus who walked through the towns and villages speaking about some ‘kingdom’ or other. People said he called it ‘the kingdom of heaven’. Zacchaeus had to see for himself. But there was a problem: often large crowds surrounded that man and Zacchaeus was short, he would hardly manage to get a glimpse from the Teacher from afar. That is not what he wanted. His cleverness served him well once again.

He climbed a sycamore tree and had a vantage point to watch the scene of Jesus walking down the road in the direction where he was, up above, there in the tree. Have you ever had the sensation of being literally lost in a crowd and suddenly hearing your own name mentioned? Of course, everybody around you will turn to see who is that person being called out. This is what happened that day to Zacchaeus. He probably thought he was well hidden from sight and that nobody would notice his presence. But someone did – the very person he was eager to know!

His surprise was greater still when he heard Jesus tell him: “Zacchaeus, come down. Hurry, because I must stay at your house today.” “The house of a sinner”, complained those who heard this. We all know the rest of the story and its message: “Today salvation has come to this house… for the Son of Man has come to seek out and save what was lost”.

And if we, too, were invited to climb down… not from a tree but from that place where we have been hiding? Our pride… Our fear of God… Our conviction that we can manage on own… Our thinking that we are too sinful to be forgiven… We might be as surprised as Zacchaeus was… and as surely saved as he was!

Source: Image: christianitymalaysia.com   

30th Sunday of the Year, C

Praying is known to be an activity essentially directed to… God. It seems obvious that when someone comes to God in prayer, praises, thanks, blessings, will be addressed to him.
It could be said that prayer is simply acknowledging who God is and… who we are.

Amazingly, the gospel text of this Sunday (30th, Year C – Lk.18:9-14) presents us with someone who had not understood this most basic lesson about prayer.pharisee-pub
He is surely as convinced of the fact that he is praying as he is of being… the most deserving of God’s worshippers.

Jesus’ story is well known to us under the familiar title of: The parable of the Pharisee and the publican.
We know it well in its most colourful details, we even enjoy the caricatured description of the two personages.
The first one, a Pharisee, well respected in the Jewish community, comes before God to list – as if God had failed to notice – his many worthy actions that should win him God’s blessings. He does not fail to mention also how he carefully avoids any transgression of the Law.

Worse is to come. At this point in his prayer, the Pharisee starts looking down at the other man behind whom he despises for his last of respect for the Law. That publican has been judged and found wanting in the mind of the observant Pharisee.

The traditional roles of each of the two men are painted accurately. So far, Jesus’ listeners must follow him without difficulty while perhaps wondering where he is going with that story. It soon becomes very clear when Jesus concludes and says about the publican: “This man, I tell you, went home again at rights with God; the other did not.”

The Pharisee full of himself and boastful of all his qualities has not recognised God’s love and mercy who have brought him where he is. He thought he already had all he needed to have.

We may sometimes fail to understand that whatever we are and whatever we have managed to become is pure gift from God. We may be oblivious to all that we still need to be given so as to please God.
The publican stood before God – bowed before him – ready to be given, happy to receive God’s forgiveness and all the other gifts that God is eager to give to people like him.

For the Psalm assures us (Ps.34:18): “The Lord is near to the broken-hearted, he helps those whose spirit is crushed.” Happy are we if we remember this whenever we approach God in prayer…

Source: Image: www.pravoslavie.ru

29th Sunday of the Year, C

imagesippb2cg0Have you ever tried to obtain something from someone who showed no interest in your request? Worse still the person was not interested in YOU! This can be a most frustrating situation as many of us have made the experience. In such a situation, some people will simply walk away convinced that there is nothing to be done. Others, of a more stubborn inclination, will keep on asking, determined to get what they want. They will keep on begging and literally ‘pestering’ the one from whom they expect to get something.

The gospel text of this Sunday (29th, Year C – Lk.18:1-8) gives us the example of such a person – a widow who wants a wicked judge to grant her what she has a right to get from an opponent. The scene is described vividly and the message is clear. In fact, before we even hear, or read, the story itself, we are told its purpose. Jesus wants us to understand “the need to pray continually and never lose heart.”

Praying is already an activity which many of us do not find easy… and we are told that we should pray continually and never lose heart. Persistence is what obtained for the widow what she wanted. Of course, we are NOT to imagine God as a wicked judge – he is a most loving Father – but he likes to see us show the same perseverance, the same insistence, the same, yes, stubbornness in asking. Not for his own sake but for ours!pray-always

The words of Jesus concluding the story are words of promise. “Now will not God see justice done to his chosen who cry to him day and night even when he delays to help them? I promise you he will see justice done to them.” What often bothers us, obviously, is… the delay! But this is precisely where perseverance comes in!

Source: Images: claygentry.com   www.etsy.com


28th Sunday of the Year, C

A wealthy businessman, owner of a prosperous company, tells the story of how, one day, he decided to help one of his employees. The man had come to inform him that he had to leave the company. univ-of-reading1213716-hand-school-office-study-academic-studies-paper-photocase-stock-photo-large_jpegWhen he was asked why he had taken this decision, the man explained that he had received from his doctor the verdict that… he had about six months to live. The businessman knew that this employee had wanted his eldest son to go to the university but, of course, now it would not be possible.

The owner of the company decided to pay for the young man to go on with his studies to become an engineer. The rich man satisfied with his good deed soon forgot about it. Five years later, on a rainy evening, a young man was at the door asking to speak to the businessman. Such a night-time visit was very unusual but the man’s surprise was still greater when he discovered that the visitor was the young man whose studies he had paid for. The visitor said: “Sir, for four years I have benefited from your generosity. Today, I have managed to obtain an important contract I come to thank you.”

As he was about to leave, the rich man asked: “What about your cousin adopted by your late father. I paid for his studies as well. Has he finished his course?” The visitor bent the head and replied: again-thank-you“He has left last year to… to… see the world. He did not do his last exams…” The businessman knew that there would be no ‘Thank you’ coming from that side…

Yet, the experience he made was… more positive than that of Jesus! One out of two people came to thank him for his help. While Jesus had cured ten men (Lk.17:11-19) and only one returned to thank him for his healing.

‘THANK YOU’ – two small words that can make such a big difference! They make the helper feel that what he has done has been noticed and appreciated. And they make the one who received help to become a person who can recognised the goodness and generosity of a fellow human being. It may even enable him, or her, to become other-centered and selfless themselves!…

Source: Images: www.photocase.com   www.getreading.co.uk   youngclergywomen.org

27th Sunday of the Year, C

www-pinterest-comIf I mention the name ‘Habakkuk’ and if I add that he was a prophet, many people may not question my words but they will wonder about the identity of this man of God. He is the author of the text of our 1st reading on this Sunday (27th, Year C – Ha.1:2-3; 2,:2-4). On hearing his message, we might think we hear the words of Jeremiah. Like him, Habakkuk is somehow admonishing the Lord for the message given to him to speak to his people.

The very first line of his text says: “How long, Lord, am I to cry for help while you will not listen?” Have you ever been tempted to address these words to God? You did not dare… You thought it may lack respect, you said to yourself that it was an unworthy kind of prayer, and yet…

Had you done so, you may have received the same answer that God gave his prophet as he said: “The vision will come, it does not deceive; it if comes slowly, wait, for come it will without fail.”

Next time you are tired of waiting for God to do something. In fact, whenever you have doubts that he will do anything for you… just remember the prophet with the strange-sounding name and… the bold prayer words!

Source: Image: www.pinterest.com

International day of the deaf – 24 September

mejdunarodnyy-den-gluhonemyhThis day is celebrated worldwide on the initiative of the UN on the last Sunday of September, in honor of the establishment in 1951 of the International Federation of the deaf.

The beginning of the formation and development of societies deaf people in many countries has been made possible thanks to the meetings and associations of graduates of schools for the deaf.
The founder of facial communication method and a supporter of the language is considered to be the French of the Abbe Charles Michel de L’EPE, founded in the 18th century the world’s first Institute for the deaf in Paris.

Since the beginning of the 19th century graduates of this institution, was built in the tradition of the birthday celebration de L’EPE. On the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of the great Frenchman, was invited many deaf people from different countries, and it became the first international meeting of the communities that initiated the contact.

On the planet about two and a half thousand tongues but there is one form of communication — language attitudes and gestures. In 50-ies of the world Federation of the deaf in order to maintain the international deaf events, we developed a special system of gestures, which he called Gestuno. In the first dictionary Gestuno, published in 1965, recorded 300 gestures, the third edition is already 1500.

Source: Text & Image: Russian Events and Holidays