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Religion

  • Internal turmoil

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 20,7-9; Romans 12,1-2; Matthew 16, 21-27. Living up to one’s faith commitment is no joke and not at all easy. In times and contexts when being Christian was almost a cultural phenomenon, the demands mostly highlighted...

  • Guarding our heart

    Guarding our heart

    Christianity is no soap opera. It is a call for each one of us to yield to a grace that transforms. We are not transformed by a dose of profound theological dogma, or by the intense studies of sociologists or the wisdom of philosophers. Neither...

  • Quotes and news

    Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako, head of the Chaldean Catholic church in Iraq said: “Iraqi Christians, along with other minorities, have received a fatal blow at the core of their lives and existence, whether through displacing more than 100,000...

  • Refocusing

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 22,19-23; Romans 11,33-36; Matthew 16,13-20. With Waiting for Godot, Irish playwright Samuel Beckett in the 1950s put in a nutshell the emotional culmination of four centuries of European culture. In his book Something There.

  • When the statues go marching in

    When the statues go marching in

    In a month’s time, the festa season will practically be over. All the statues would have marched in. I wonder whether the saints, metaphorically speaking, were ever out. I am sure they are ashamed of most what is done on the occasions whose...

  • Quotes and news

    Today’s quotes and taken from speeches Pope Francis give during his visit to South Korea last week. Guardians of hope Addressing the bishops of South Korea, the Pope said: “As pastors, you are responsible for guarding the Lord’s flock. You are...

  • A different base

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 56, 1.6-7; Romans 11, 13-15.29-32; Matthew 15, 21-28. Jesus commending in today’s gospel a Canaanite woman for her “great faith” contrasts heavily with his rebuke of Peter in last week’s gospel for being a “man of little...

  • Better light a candle...

    Better light a candle...

    Every summer, many young people decide to dedicate one month of their holidays to do voluntary work in Malta or abroad. Others, because of leave or other restrictions, take up a commitment once or twice a week and keep it throughout the year. As...

  • Quotes and news

    Vatican officials’ feathers have been ruffled by what they consider excessive signs of greeting during the giving of the peace at Mass. So the Congregation for Divine Worship asked bishops to push for more restraint and sobriety. The Congregation...

  • The divine as poetic

    Today’s readings: 1 Kings 19, 9.11-13; Romans 9 , 1-5; Matthew 14, 22-33. God’s presence is a poetic experience, it is gentle and graceful and cannot be subjected to preconceived religious ideas. When we perceive God as speaking mainly through...

  • The right to kill

    The right to kill

    The article ‘Who decides when a person should die?’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 27) questions whether Malta is prepared to put compassion before doctrine. This query implies that Church doctrine is not compassionate – another sad example that...

  • Quotes and news

    Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem said a truce “will not help if the conditions in Gaza remain those of a land under siege, where fear and frustration feed hatred. “If you put an end to this siege and allow freedom of movement of people and goods,...

  • Addressing seekers

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 55, 1-3; Romans 8, 35.37-39; Matt14, 13-21. In today’s gospel, Jesus pities those who even while searching for him and following him, were lost and in “a lonely place”, with no belonging, with no true points of reference...

  • Can we improve the way we do business?

    Can we improve the way we do business?

    It started with a conference in September 2012 championed by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, with the theme ‘A Blueprint for Better Business?’ The speakers included McKinsey & Company global managing director Dominic Barton,...

  • Quotes and news

    Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town, the head of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, has expressed “profound solidarity, fervent prayers and renewed commitment to join in activities of advocacy” on behalf of Palestinians. In his...

  • The sacred centre

    Today’s readings: 1 Kings 3, 5.7-12; Romans 8, 28-30; Matthew 13, 44-52. Irrespective of whether one is a believer or not, the major challenge in life is to seek and find one’s true calling. That is something we need to be passionate about. It...

  • War and peace

    War and peace

    Tomorrow, July 28, is the 100th anniversary since Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, effectively starting World War I, which involved more countries and caused greater destruction than any other war except World War II. The conflict was...

  • Quotes and news

    Giuseppe Lazzarotto, apostolic nuncio in the Holy Land, Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Boutros Twal and Patriarch emeritus Michel Sabbah pleaded for peace in the Holy Land. Lazzarotto said the loss of life in Gaza is “not acceptable”, adding that...

  • Ambiguous status

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 12, 13.16-19; Romans 8, 26-27; Matthew 13, 24-43. When Pope Francis weeks ago brought together Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres for a meeting of prayer, many were hesitant about what it could change in the Middle East scenario.

  • Rights may be real or fictitious

    Rights may be real or fictitious

    Talking about rights has become the order of the day. We have been talking about whether homosexuals had a right to enter into a civil union and about whether as a civil union they had the right to adopt children, until Parliament decided – it is...

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