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Religion

  • 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...

  • From slave to saint

    From slave to saint

    Tomorrow is the feast day of St Josephine Bakhita, a saint from the Sudanese region of Darfur who was kidnapped by slave traders and sold at the age of nine, and after experiencing very painful events, recovered her freedom and eventually became a...

  • Quotes and news

    In an address to members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) on January 29, Pope Francis said: “Christian faith is not only knowledge to be committed to memory, but also truth to live in love.” He based his address on the theme...

  • Back on track

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 1, 4-5, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 12, 13-31, 13; Luke 4, 21-30. The core of religion is love. Honestly, it was not always like that, or at least this was not always what transpired from the way religion was lived and...

  • Rationalised criticism

    Rationalised criticism

    Some interlocutors glibly dismiss moral arguments that happen to coincide with the position of the Church as religious and, consequently, irrelevant in a secular society. The world has come of age and it does not need religion to decide what is...

  • Quotes and news

    In his message for the 50th World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis said: “E-mails, text messages, social networks and chats can also be fully human forms of communication. It is not technology that determines whether or not communication...

  • St Paul and the sporting metaphor

    St Paul and the sporting metaphor

    St Paul must have lived the ascetic life of an athlete hardening his physique for the many hardships ahead, not least his shipwreck on the rocky shores of Malta. It was a long-standing tradition in Jewish culture to train their bodies to become...

  • A foundation for the messenger’s voyage

    A foundation for the messenger’s voyage

    Ray Bondin Today Malta celebrates the shipwreck of St Paul. This passage in a lifetime of voyages of this important messenger of the then new Christian faith is only one in a long series of events that saw Paul of Tarsus leaving a long-lasting...

  • A time of grace

    Today’s readings: Nehemiah 8, 2-6.8-10; 1 Corinthians 12, 12-30; Luke 1, 1-4. 4, 14-21. Christianity today is going through a transition that, negative as it may look on certain counts, may be rich and positive in outcome. In the wake of the fall...

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