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Religion

  • Ecology of relationships

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiasticus 3, 17-20.28-29; Hebrews 12, 18-19.22-24; Luke 14, 1.7-14. Jesus’s words in today’s gospel “to make our way to the lowest places” and about humbling ourselves may easily be seen as masochistic in a culture that...

  • Eliminating shadows

    Eliminating shadows

    Our society is hell-bent on eliminating all shadows – all pain and inconveniences. So it has declared an all-out war against any source of light (ideals, beliefs, values) and all causes of shadows (people, situations that are demanding). It does...

  • Quotes and news

    Reflecting on last Sunday’s Gospel reading (Lk. 13:22-30) during his Angelus address, Pope Francis said: “Jesus himself is the door. But why is this door narrow? “It is a narrow door not because it is oppressive – no, but because it asks us to...

  • Unknown to his own

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 66, 18-21; Hebrews 12, 5-7.11-13; Luke 13, 22-30. Honestly enough, today’s readings sound very contradictory. A great sense of inclusiveness transpires from Isaiah, portraying God’s kingdom as wide open to include as many...

  • Finding your vocation

    Finding your vocation

    Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote that for him, at the end of the day, there is only one worthwhile joy – the feeling you get from cooperating rightfully within the big picture of things, by taking your place within the great cosmic jigsaw puzzle.

  • Quotes and news

    During the Angelus prayer on the Assumption last Monday, Pope Francis said: “The Lord bows down to the lowly in order to raise them up, as is proclaimed in the Magnificat, Mary’s hymn of praise to God. “Mary’s canticle leads us to think of many...

  • The ostrich approach

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 38, 4-6.8-10; Hebrews 12, 1-4; Luke 12, 49-53. Very often the Church is accused of being retrograde, out of touch and irrelevant in the way it reacts in the face of today’s demands and challenging times. To be honest,...

  • The spirit of mercy

    Tomorrow marks the feast of Santa Maria, which is a celebration of great religious significance in Malta for various reasons. Not least because it is fêted by a number of parishes in Malta and Gozo. It also has historical importance at it marks...

  • Quotes and news

    The following are more quotes taken from various speeches and homilies given by Pope Francis during his historic recent visit to Poland. God is in them At the conclusion of a Way of the Cross in Krakow, the Pope said: “Where is God, if evil is...

  • You are what you love

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 18, 6-9; Hebrews 11, 1-2.8-19; Luke 12, 32-48. The success of bestsellers in pop psychology and the spiritual growth market is understandable in that they seek to provide hope for a generation hungry for meaning and...

  • When the going gets tough

    When the going gets tough

    We all face adversity in life. Adversity, trials and suffering, if intense, can make us or break us. As Randi G. Fine puts it in her inspiring new book, Awaken from Life: “When life places a wall in our path we have two choices… we can beat our...

  • Quotes and news

    The following are quotes taken from various speeches and homilies given by Pope Francis during his historic recent visit to Poland. Welcome those fleeing During his address to Polish authorities at Krakow’s Wawel Castle, the Pope said: “Also...

  • The ‘considered life’

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiastes 1,2; 2, 21-23; Colossians 3, 1-5. 9-11; Lk. 12, 13-21. Scripture does not offer definitive statements or dogmatic truths about life. It provides a map, orientation, a sense of place and of how things relate to each...

  • Living ‘beyond life’s limits’

    Living ‘beyond life’s limits’

    Summer is often associated with rest, vacation and travel. This summer brought the issue of whether to travel or not, closer to home. “Should I stay or should I go?” is the question we are asking, especially when terrorism hits the country we...

  • Quotes and news

    While 45 priests and academics asked the Pope to clarify what they said were erroneous statements in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano published a defence of the document. In a letter to Cardinal...

  • On God’s governance

    Today’s readings: Genesis 18, 20-32; Colossians 2, 12-24; Luke 11, 1-13. Many often remark that things have gone as­tray and that we’ve lost our compass. All that is happening around us marks daily life profoundly, and if we let go, it easily...

  • Lessons from Brexit

    Lessons from Brexit

    Britain’s referendum on whether to stay in the European Union or to leave has come and gone. Leave won by a slight margin. The aftermath of the referendum was somewhat unusual. One would have expected the Leave camp to celebrate wildly, yet, in...

  • Quotes and news

    Bishop Paolo Bizzeti, apostolic vicar of Anatolia, said that after the failed coup Turkey needs to use the “wea­pon of dialogue” to “understand what are the causes of this unease”. He said the coup manifests an unease with the direction in which...

  • The discipline of living

    Today’s readings: Genesis 18, 1-10; Colossians 1, 24-28; Luke 10, 38-42. In his letter to the Colossians in today’s second reading, Paul writes that there is a message in life that is a mystery hidden for generations waiting to be revealed to...

  • Promoting peace

    Promoting peace

    Despite a packed crisis agenda, at the June 2016 EU Summit, High Representative Federica Mogherini presented to the European Council the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy which she was mandated with by the European Heads of State a...

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