A woman charged with killing her neighbor's 2-year-old daughter in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward apologized and said she wants to devote her lifetime to atoning
for the crime as she entered her final plea of guilt Monday at the Tokyo District Court.
As more and more people make acts of atoning
service to those who have been wronged, some of the baggage of hates, hurts, fears and mistrust could be left behind, leading to a fresh start.
The Spartans defeated the Yellowjackets 11-7 in a Pacific View League match, atoning
for a 10-8 loss at the hands of Oxnard two weeks ago and forging a tie for first place entering the final week of league play.
If it is alleged that only some people are gravely immoral, and that the innocent often have great suffering, one has to point out that the human race is a unity, that we are brothers and sisters of one another, and that the suffering of the innocent, besides atoning
for their own lesser sins, can also atone for the great sins of others.
We are always forging lives damaged and derailed by our past offenses, which means that we are constantly in need of making amends and atoning
for our sins.
The team's performance this year was as impressive as its title-winning effort two summers ago, mainly because it required Synergy to defeat long-time nemesis Balboa Bay Quicksilver of Costa Mesa -- a team it had lost to 12 consecutive times -- in the Gold Division quarterfinals, before atoning
for an earlier loss to rival Santa Monica Beach Club with a sweep in the semifinals.