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  • Spiritual destitution

    Spiritual destitution

    One of the renunciations Jesus requested of his disciples is that of earthly goods, especially wealth. This request is directed to all Christians. It concerns the spirit of poverty, that is, the interior detachment from earthly goods which makes...

  • Quotes and news

    The Gospel of the Family is the title of an address that Cardinal Walter Kasper delivered to the College of Cardinals on February 20. He said on Vatican Radio that the Church needs to find a middle ground for its attitude to divorced and civilly...

  • Francis and the challenges ahead

    Francis and the challenges ahead

    In the year since his surprise election, Pope Francis has raised so many hopes of imminent changes in Church teaching that managing all those expectations is going to be a challenge. The Argentine-born Pontiff has caught world attention by...

  • The distant scene

    Today’s readings: Genesis 2, 7-9; 3, 1-7; Romans 5, 12-19; Matt. 4, 1-11. The Scriptures today evoke the understanding of life as a spiritual struggle. Even if the notion may sound outdated, we are all called to be honest enough to admit that...

  • Stronger than fear

    Stronger than fear

    Before a spent-out candle, an eaten loaf and an emptied glass of water, what is the right attitude: bemoan their loss or rejoice in the light and life received from them? Self-giving is their very nature. This is what life is all about, because...

  • Quotes and news

    In 2003, a minority of US Catholics supported same-sex marriages. Today, same-sex marriages are approved by most American Catholics. The surveys were conducted by the Public Religion and Research Institute in Washington. In this year’s survey, 58...

  • ‘I’m no superman’ – Pope

    ‘I’m no superman’ – Pope

    Pope Francis has played down the notion that he is a “superman” who will bring sweeping reforms to the Roman Catholic church, stressing that its ban on contraception and opposition to gay marriage will remain in place. The Pope, in an interview...

  • The soul of living

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 49, 14-15; 1 Corinthians 4, 1-5; Matthew 6, 24-34. In today’s post-modern condition, anxiety has become a trademark of our daily living. Many people though, little bother whether God has forgotten them or not. The sense of...

  • Belgian euthanasia law against human dignity

    Belgian euthanasia law against human dignity

    Last month, the Belgian Parliament, by a majority of 86 to 44, with 12 abstentions, passed a law allowing euthanasia for children. Dutch law allows the ending of life for children above the age of 12. Now Belgium has become the first country to...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis’s preparatory work in the past few months to reform the Vatican has started bearing fruit. The first important reform to be implemented is the new Secretariat for the Economy and the appointment of its first head, Cardinal George Pell...

  • Everyday wisdom

    Today’s readings: Leviticus 19, 1-2.17-18; 1 Cor. 3, 16-23; Mat. 5, 38-48. Many a time, receiving the other is no joke. Jean Vanier claims that forgiveness is the supreme form of love. Because in loving and accepting the other, there are always...

  • Journey to surrender

    Journey to surrender

    Scripture defines life as a journey from slavery to freedom, from darkness to light, from despair to hope, a journey in which growth can happen and reaches its fullness. The gospels project the very life of Jesus as a journey from birth to...

  • Quotes and news

    Westminster Archbishop and Cardinal-elect Vincent Nichols described welfare cuts made by the UK government as a “disgrace” and that “a real, dramatic crisis” has been created. He argued that as a result of the cuts a safety net for the country’s...

  • Adult empowerment

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiasticus 15, 15-20; 1 Cor. 2, 6-10; Matt. 5, 17-37. Faithfulness, like obedience, is always double-edged. If it is faithfulness to laws alien to our deepest desires, then it immediately smacks of imposition and it will be...

  • The Catholic politician

    The Catholic politician

    As was to be expected, the stand taken by Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna that it is immoral for parliamentarians to legislate in favour of gay unions being given the equal status of marriage was greeted with a firestorm of protests by the...

  • Quotes and news

    In an address to Polish bishops, Pope Francis said: “Nowadays, marriage tends to be viewed as a form of mere emotional satisfaction that can be constructed in any way or modified at will. Unfortunately, this vision also influences the mentality of...

  • Benedict has no regrets

    Benedict has no regrets

    A year after his shock resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict has no regrets and believes history will vindicate his tumultuous and much-criticised papacy, the man closest to him told Reuters in a rare interview. Archbishop Georg Ganswein, who now...

  • Accountability

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 58, 7-10; 1 Corinthians 2, 1-5; Matthew 5, 13-16. The gospel of Matthew was written as a wake-up call for Christian communities to be visible and accountable. The imagery of salt and light used by Jesus highlights the need...

  • Afflicted conscience

    Afflicted conscience

    On August 31, 2005, New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin ordered the evacuation of the entire city, telling people it would be months before they would be able to return. Hurricane Katrina had struck. It was the deadliest Atlantic tropical cyclone ever,...

  • Quotes and news

    At a meeting with Raymond Yans, president of the Vienna-based International Narcotic Control Board, Pope Francis criticised the move to legalise the use of drugs and strongly condemned drug trafficking. Yans said the Pope told him: “The scourge of...

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