Last night at Legends of Notre Dame, University President Fr. John Jenkins sat on a panel with Mendoza College of Business Director of Finance and Administration Fr. Mark Thesing and Sister Lois DeLee, held in celebration of the “Year of the Consecrated Life.”Thesing, Jenkins and DeLee talked about their different experiences in adopting the consecrated life, the challenges in realizing the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, what inspired them to take those vows and what they found most rewarding in leading a consecrated life.Jenkins said realizing this common goal of leading a meaningful life is an important, rewarding and emotional undertaking — particularly in light of a recent campus tragedy.“One of the things that’s clear to me now is that this desire to live a meaningful life has been fulfilled in abundance,” Jenkins said. “Last night — just an example, we had a memorial mass for Lisa Yang, who took her own life, and her family was there. We gave the family a diploma posthumously for Lisa. It was just a … I don’t need to say how much of an emotional time it was for them to try to come to terms to that. But to be a part of that and to try to help them to make sense of that is a great privilege, an undeserved privilege, to be part of such a meaningful time.”Thesing said while he started pursuing priesthood when he first visited Notre Dame, he did not begin to fully appreciate religious life until the middle of his formation.“Although I knew I wanted to be a priest, and I knew I wanted to pursue that, I wasn’t quite sure where and how that was going to be lived out,” Thesing said. “Now some 38 years after entering the seminary, I can’t imagine my life without it. I can’t imagine being a priest without having the support or the camaraderie and the community that community life offered.“Here I’m wearing my collar, and I’m representing something, so I’ve got to be careful about that. It’s a public life that we live and we have to be conscious about that. … I feel a little wiser now … but I also realize that I’m living here with a bunch of students or young men, and it’s about calling them to a higher life.”DeLee said she was not fully convinced she would accept the challenges of religious life, but after starting formation and eventually completing her time as a novitiate, she said she found joy in spreading [God’s] teaching to her students and embracing God’s will.“One of my greatest joys is being able to see how my life somehow touched their lives and brought them success or brought them love from God to make their life worthwhile,” DeLee said. “We all have relationships with the Lord. We are His servants. Let Him use us where He wants to take us and then know fear is useless. You just need trust and let God do His Work”Jenkins also said the greatest joy of the consecrated life is how he has been able to impact people’s lives.“The wonderful thing about this calling, and Sister [DeLee] spoke about this too with her, is that you’re invited into people’s life in a profound way,” he said. “You have the opportunity to do what you can. You always have this sense of not doing well enough, or you’re not doing as you should, but still you have that opportunity to comfort them in their sorrows, rejoice with them in their joys and help them find the Lord in an important way.”Tags: Fr. John Jenkins, Fr. Mark Thesing, religious life, Sister Lois DeLee
Beef eaters like juicy, tender steaks. But to enjoy steaks, you often have to take the fat with the good.Dean Pringle has two ways to get steaks leaner without sacrificing tenderness. Both are based on an enzyme system that regulates the muscle mass of beef cattle.The calpain system, which is also in humans, tears down the proteins in muscle to allow new proteins to rebuild the muscle.”All the time we’re alive, our muscle mass is being degraded and rebuilt,” said Pringle, an animal scientist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.To get that lean, tender steak, all you have to do is manipulate this enzyme system, he said.Tender FatMeat with fat deposited within the steak is “marbled.” It’s tenderer than steaks with the fat in a layer around the outside. The less marbled, the tougher the steak.The calpain system remains active after death and continues to break down the protein in the muscle. That’s why the beef industry ages meat after slaughter. The common practice increases flavor and tenderness.Beef is aged in two ways: The dry way is to hang the meat in a temperature-regulated cooler with exposure to air. The wet way is to vacuum-package and refrigerate it in its juices for shipping.Most meat sold in grocery stores has been aged three days to three months.”Retail beef has more variation in aging time, depending on if the consumer is buying that product,” he said. “If there’s really high demand, the meat will be moved through the meat case faster and be aged for a shorter period of time.”Most restaurants, however, require at least 21 days of aging, some as high as 28 days or more, he said.But even with the aging process, it’s hard to maintain consistency in tenderness.Calcium FueledThe calpain enzyme system is fueled, so to speak, by calcium. The more calcium in the muscle, the more active this system becomes and the more degradation takes place and the more tender the meat.Pringle injected a calcium solution directly into the muscle of slaughtered cattle. This seems to work well in tenderizing the meat.”Depending on the level of calcium, you can reach a 14-day aging point in 24 hours,” he said. This can put tender meat into the marketplace faster.You can also get that extra calcium into the meat by feeding cattle large doses of vitamin D a few days before slaughter, he said. Vitamin D helps release the calcium deposits in bones into the blood stream, which then go into the muscle and energize the enzyme system.Tough DrawbacksBut there are drawbacks to each tenderizing method.”The calcium injections can have some negative effect on flavor,” he said. But adding beef flavor and salt to the injection can overcome the off flavor.Also, the meat has to be labeled as having been injected with calcium. But this shouldn’t be a problem. Many common consumer goods are “fortified with calcium.” The injections are no different, he said.The industry injects meat now with a mixture of salt and phosphate. This does tenderize it, but not as much as the calcium injections.Large quantities of vitamin D can suppress cattle’s appetites. Feedlot owners don’t like this. The decreased feeding reduces the weight and available meat on the animal.Marketing EdgePringle’s research could help Southeastern cattle producers gain a marketing edge. The Brahman cattle breed is common in Southeastern herds. This breed can handle the heat, bugs and general Southeastern climate better than other beef cattle. But it’s known to have tougher pieces of meat.These tenderizing techniques work in Brahman cattle and could help Southern producers who want to raise these cattle.”We could get to the point where we’re producing a Southeasten guaranteed-tender beef product that’s more consistent and leaner,” he said.
Associated Press September 12, 2020 Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCOLLEGE FOOTBALL-SCHEDULECollege football, pandemic version, kicks offUNDATED (AP) — A college football season scrambled by the coronavirus pandemic is kicking off in earnest Saturday, after a handful of games earlier in the week. Boston manager Ron Roenicke (REHN’-ih-kee) said when bench coach Jerry Narron gave him the Rays lineup, he thought it was wrong.Elsewhere around the majors:— Orioles right-hander Dean Kremer goes for a repeat shutdown of the Yankees after he pitched one-run ball over six innings against New York in his major league debut last Sunday. Kremer limited the Yankees to one hit, struck out seven and retired 14 of his final 15 batters. The 24-year-old was acquired from the Dodgers in 2018 as part of a deal that sent away Manny Machado. Jordan Montgomery is set to start for New York at Yankee Stadium.— Rookie right-hander Spencer Howard will replace Zack Wheeler as the Phillies’ starter in Game 4 of their seven-game series at Miami. Wheeler ripped a fingernail putting on his pants Wednesday, delaying his next start until at least Monday and perhaps longer. José Ureña is scheduled to start for the Marlins. He allowed three runs in five innings in his first start of the year against Atlanta after being sidelined by the coronavirus.— Chicago Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks will try to keep up a recent run of solid starts when he pitches at Miller Park against a team he dominated in the season opener. Hendricks has given up one run in each of his last two starts. He worked eight innings and allowed seven hits and no walks in a 5-1 victory over St. Louis on Monday. That followed a six-inning stint in which he yielded six hits and two walks in an 8-2 triumph over Pittsburgh. Those two outings lowered his ERA from 4.09 to 3.41. Hendricks now goes against the Milwaukee Brewers for the first time since throwing a three-hit shutout against them in the opening game for both teams. Hendricks struck out nine and walked nobody in that 3-0 victory on July 24. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WEST VIRGINIA-SUSPENSIONSWest Virginia suspends 11 for opener; bans not tied to virusMORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia suspended 11 players for its season opener Saturday for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Coach Neal Brown announced the suspensions Saturday before the Mountaineers played at home against Eastern Kentucky. The school would not specify what the players did, except to say this is not related to the coronavirus.Among them were slot wide receivers T.J. Simmons and Isaiah Esdale, tight ends T.J. Banks and Mike O’Laughlin, and two starting offensive linemen, center Chase Behrndt and left tackle Junior Uzebu. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Houston Rockets didn’t show up for Game 4 against the Los Angeles Lakers until it was too late. They can’t do that again Saturday in Game 5. For the second time in these playoffs, the Rockets’ season is on the line. The Lakers lead Houston 3-1 in their Western Conference semifinal series and could clinch their spot in the West finals with a win on Saturday night at Walt Disney World.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSVegas tries to even series in Game 4EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Dallas Stars and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in Game 4 of the Western Conference final Saturday. Dallas leads the series 2-1 after winning Game 3 in overtime on the strength of 38 saves from goalie Anton Khudobin. Osaka won the 2018 trophy at Flushing Meadows and followed that up with a title at the Australian Open in 2019. Azarenka won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013 and was the U.S. Open runner-up each of those years.Osaka and Azarenka were supposed to meet in the final of the Western & Southern Open two weeks ago but Osaka withdrew because of an injured left hamstring. That leg hasn’t hampered her during the U.S. Open.ITALIAN OPEN-SERENA WITHDRAWSSerena Williams withdraws from Rome with Achilles injuryROME (AP) — Four-time champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the upcoming Italian Open, citing the Achilles issue that bothered her in a loss to Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open semifinals. — The Giants and Padres will see if their game Sunday at Petco Park will be played after someone in the San Francisco organization tested positive for the coronavirus. Friday night’s game was postponed minutes before the scheduled first pitch. It was the first postponement for both teams due to COVID-19. Tonight’s game also was called off. There have been 45 games in the majors postponed this season because of coronavirus concerns.NASCAR-RICHMONDHamlin seeks to regain mojo at Richmond in home track raceRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Denny Hamlin, disgusted with his performance in the opening playoff race, gets another chance Saturday night on his home track, Richmond Raceway. Kevin Harvick won the first round. Hamlin once held a clear advantage over his rivals at home track Richmond Raceway. He’s won three races and has 17 top-10 finishes in 27 career starts at the Virginia track. He’s only finished lower than sixth once in the last nine races at Richmond yet believes he long ago lost the edge he held over his competitors on the 0.75-miles, D-shaped oval. Hamlin believes data sharing has allowed his rivals to catch him at his favorite track. The Knights and Stars became the first teams in the modern era (since 1943-44) to exchange shutouts in the first two games of a conference semifinal of final series. Game 3 was scoreless until the closing seconds of the second period.MLB-SCHEDULEHighlights of Saturday’s scheduleUNDATED (AP) — The innovative Rays became the first major league team since at least 1900 to start a batting order with all left-handed batters when they played Boston on Friday night. We’ll see what Tampa Bay tries next when it takes on Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi at Tropicana Field. The Rays stacked their lefties versus Andrew Triggs, who worked around a hit and walk in a scoreless first inning. The Red Sox brought in lefty Matt Hall to pitch the second, and Yoshi Tsutsugo greeted him with a home run. While some teams have started a lineup in which all batters hit from the left side the first time up, all previous occasions since 1901 included at least one switch-hitter. Williams took a medical timeout for a tape job on her Achilles during her three-set loss on Thursday.The Italian Open, which was rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic, begins Monday.NFL-TITANS-WILSON ARRESTEDTitans top draft pick arrested, charged with drunken drivingNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Titans rookie Isaiah Wilson has been arrested and charged with drunken driving after authorities say he was spotted doing “donuts” in an intersection before crashing into a concrete wall. Also suspended were backup offensive linemen Zach Davis and Tairiq Stewart, backup wide receiver Zack Dobson and long snapper JP Hadley. Freshman cornerback Vincent Okloli was the lone suspended player on defense. TENNIS-US OPENOsaka and Azarenka meet in finalNEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka will both be seeking a third Grand Slam title when they meet in the U.S. Open final. Osaka is 10-0 since tennis resumed after a five-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Azarenka carries an 11-match winning streak into Saturday’s matchup, capped by a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 elimination of Serena Williams in the semifinals Thursday night. No. 10 Notre Dame entertains Duke in its inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference season opener. This is the first of 10 ACC games for both teams and the first time ever that Notre Dame will be playing for a conference title in football. The ACC accommodated the Irish with 10 games and a chance to play for the ACC title after the pandemic wrecked Notre Dame’s schedule.Iowa State will open against an opponent from the Football Bowl Subdivision for the first time since 2012. The Cyclones originally were set to ease into the season against South Dakota from the Championship Subdivision. But the pandemic caused postponements and cancellations across college football, and the Cyclones had to scramble to line up Louisiana-Lafayette for Saturday. ISU coach Matt Campbell hopes the Cyclones don’t get more than they bargained for in a game that will net the Ragin’ Cajuns $350,000. Lafayette is coming off an 11-win season that ranks as its best in program history.Trevor Lawrence and No. 1-ranked Clemson begin their bid to return to the national title game for the fifth time in six years when the Tigers visit ACC opponent Wake Forest. Clemson is beginning their pursuit of a sixth straight ACC championship and a third national title in five seasons. They’re coming off a loss to LSU in last year’s College Football Playoff finale, the only blemish on a two-year, 29-1 record. That also marks the only loss in the college career of Heisman Trophy candidate Trevor Lawrence at quarterback. The Demon Deacons are opening the season looking for a fifth straight bowl appearance under Dave Clawson.Meanwhile, the season-opening game between Virginia and Virginia Tech that was scheduled for Sept. 19 in Blacksburg has been postponed because of COVID-19 issues at Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech is also pausing football practice for four days.On its web page, Virginia Tech reported Friday it has had 219 positive tests for the coronavirus in the previous seven days, putting its total infections at 633 since testing began Aug. 3. The numbers have risen steadily since students returned Aug. 24. The offensive lineman was arrested Friday night and released Saturday morning. According to the arrest warrant, Wilson told the officer he was having issues with a back tire, but he struggled with the field sobriety tests. The No. 29 pick overall in April out of Georgia currently is on the reserve-COVID list for the second time. He started training camp on the list before being removed Aug. 3 and was placed on the list again on Sept. 6. The Titans open the season Monday at Denver.NBA PLAYOFFSLakers can eliminate Rockets in Game 5