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  • We have seen the Lord

    We have seen the Lord

    This week is different from all other weeks of the year, a holy week which for Christians becomes the source and summit of their spiritual life. The heart of Holy Week is the Easter Vigil, in which the Church, as a bride, relives her love for her...

  • Quotes and news

    Addressing participants in a course held by the tribunal of the Roman Rota, Pope Francis said: “Charity and mercy, as well as reflection on experience, have led the Church to draw increasingly close to these children of hers [those whose marriage...

  • True justice

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 43, 16-21; Philippians 3, 8-14; John 8, 1-11. The narrative in today’s gospel of St John depicting the woman caught in adultery standing before Jesus is two-edged. It shows on one hand how cruel religion can be, and on the...

  • Authenticity and having a bigger perspective

    Authenticity and having a bigger perspective

    “People seek authenticity, even if they can’t easily define it” (S. Sinek). Somehow this is the cry of most of us these days. Even if we struggle to understand the true meaning of authenticity, we know an authentic person or institution when we...

  • Quotes and news

    In a foreword to The Nation that Forgot God, a collection of essays edited by Sir Edward Leigh, MP, and Alex Haydon, Cardinal George Pell wrote: “Cameron has been formed by, or at least adopted, that poisonous form of radical moral liberalism...

  • Where the future begins

    Today’s readings: Joshua 5, 9-12; 2 Cor. 5, 17-21; Luke 15, 1-3.11-32. As a Church we have always had problems with change, whether in society, beliefs, values, or within the institution itself. We think statically. It may be due to fear or...

  • Seeking purpose in life

    Seeking purpose in life

    It is disturbing news when physicist Stephen Hawking, in a recent interview on BBC, comments that the chances of human-inflicted disasters in the coming years pose the biggest threat to the planet, which with “near certainty”, will be destroyed in...

  • Quotes and news

    The Bishops’ Conference of Indonesia slammed a proposed law that would weaken the authority of an anti-corruption commission in the country. The bishops took this position along with Muhammadiyah, the nation’s second-largest Muslim organisation.

  • Mandate to change

    Today’s readings: Exodus 3, 1-8.13-15; 1 Corinthians 10, 1-6.10-12; Luke 13, 1-9. We have never touched on emotions when speaking of God in the theologies constructed throughout history. We have only used superlative and absolute terms, and God...

  • Mercy – with a face, double-faced or without a face?

    Mercy – with a face, double-faced or without a face?

    This is the Year of Mercy. And yet, it seems that mercy has never been so needed and so scarce. Our world seems to be populated by a zillion faces crying out for mercy. Our traffic-jammed roads seem to be filled with people crawling in ‘quiet...

  • Quotes and news

    In a pastoral statement on the upcoming general election, the Catholic Bishops of Ireland said: “Democracy is fundamentally about people working and walking together to foster the common good. Democracy is damaged by indifference and by a...

  • Contemplating the mystery

    Today’s readings: Genesis 15, 5-12.17-18; Philippians 3, 17 - 4,1; Luke 9, 28-36. We were introduced to the Lenten season in the desert, being brought face-to-face with who we really are and with the daily temptations that interfere with our inner...

  • A glowing breath

    A glowing breath

    Before beginning his public activity, Jesus, moved by the Holy Spirit, withdrew into the desert. There Jesus prayed and fasted for 40 days. It was a time when Jesus was put to the test by the devil who presented him with three temptations that are...

  • Quotes and news

    Today’s quotes are taken from Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico last week. God’s dream for us In a homily at the Ecatepec study centre, the Pope said: “God’s dream makes its home and lives in each of us so that at Easter, in every Eu­charist we...

  • Facing our giants

    Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 26, 4-10; Romans 10, 8-13; Luke 4, 1-13. We all have giants in life that make us feel Lilliputian, that make us vulnerable and breathless. They may be of different sorts and forms, ranging from financial burdens that...

  • In season and out

    In season and out

    Last Wednesday, ashes were place on our heads, a sign of penance dating back to Old Testament tradition. Hence its liturgical name: Ash Wednesday. It marks the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent. Pope Francis has asked the Christian...

  • Quotes and news

    In a statement on the state of the nation as elections approach, Zambia’s bishops said: “The political culture that persistently clouds our election does not depict a maturing democracy and maturing democrats. Zambian politicians still suffer from...

  • ‘Freighted’ trip to Mexico

    ‘Freighted’ trip to Mexico

    Pope Francis will visit some of the poorest and most violent corners of Mexico on his first visit as Pontiff, and will also head to the northern border to address the plight of migrants trying to reach the US. More than 100,000 people have been...

  • ‘Abandon cudgel of judgment when hearing confessions’ – Pope

    ‘Abandon cudgel of judgment when hearing confessions’ – Pope

    A specially-recruited group of priests received last-minute instructions from Pope Francis on Tuesday before fanning out through the world to show a more merciful face of the Catholic Church to sinners. About 700 priests from around the globe,...

  • Pathways to deeper self

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 6, 1-8; 1 Corinthians 15, 1-11; Luke 5, 1-11. The three Scripture readings today highlight for us a basic truth in the process of deepening our faith: the deep and true knowledge of God always goes hand in hand with a...

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