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Religion

  • A scandalous love

    Today’s readings: Exodus 32, 7-11.13-14; 1 Timothy 1, 12-17; Luke 15, 1-32. Much of what is written in the gospels sounds very familiar to us, particularly the parables and narratives with which since childhood we have been domesticated. Yet,...

  • Pope Francis and the change of eras

    Pope Francis and the change of eras

    We are living in challenging times. The context of the Francis papacy is turbulent and complex. Addressing the 5th National Convention of the Italian Church, Pope Francis said “we are not living in an era of change so much as change of eras”. The...

  • Quotes and news

    In his homily during the canonisation of Mother Teresa of Calcutta last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “Mother Teresa, in all aspects of her life, was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and...

  • Christianity revisited

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 9, 13-18; Philemon 9-10.12-17; Luke 14, 25-33. Christianity has survived for over two millennia now. It has a history with its bright and dark sides just as everything else under the sun. Yet very often in the wake of...

  • The aftermath of World Youth Day

    The aftermath of World Youth Day

    Now that World Youth Day 2016, held in Cracow, is come and gone, it is worth stopping and reflecting briefly on the outcome. Pope Francis visited Poland for the occasion. Besides meeting the civil and Church authorities, he presided over a...

  • Quotes and news

    Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, told clergy in Sri Lanka that “in recent decades in some countries the Sacred Liturgy has become too anthropocentric; man, not God, has...

  • 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...

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