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Religion

  • God’s healing touch

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 35, 1-6.10; James 5, 7-10; Matthew 11, 2-11. There is high tension in the sentiments of entire peoples today all over the world triggered by the impatience of those who suffer and who feel constantly let down by old-style...

  • Joy to the world

    As a young schoolboy many, many years ago, I had the privilege of having a first-rate music master, the late Jesuit, Fr Anton Caruana SJ. He had music in his veins. His passion for music also introduced us to an unbelievable repertoire of...

  • Quotes and news

    I am reproducing a few more quotes from Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation ‘The Joy of the Gospel’. I focus on its first section, which speaks about the nature of evangelisation. Lent without Easter “There are Christians whose lives seem like...

  • Pope's peace message

    Pope Francis attacked mega-salaries and big bonuses yester-day, saying in the first peace message of his pontificate that they are symptoms of an economy based on greed and inequality. In his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of...

  • No template for God

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 11, 1-10; Romans 15, 4-9; Matthew 3, 1-12. It is never easy to keep hope alive. Isaiah’s words in the first reading constitute the blueprint of our hope. It is a hope which translates in justice and peace. The worst thing...

  • Pilgrims or drifters?

    Three stone masons in the Middle Ages were hard at work when a visitor came along and asked them what they were doing. The first stone mason, with sweat beading his brow, grumbled, “I am cutting this stone”; the second stone mason, though less...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ is the first major document of this pontificate written by the present Pope. It has been described as his programme to reform the Church. Today and next Sunday I reproduce a number of...

  • Clues for well-being

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 2,1-5; Romans 13,11-14; Matthew 24,37-44. The opposite of belief is not unbelief but a joyless, tired religion. When we are tired and bored, our defence system weakens and it is easy to be taken by surprise by the least of...

  • Reform! Reform! Reform!

    November 24, 2013, will remain a milestone date, similar to October 11, 1962, when John XXIII – the Pope of ‘aggiornamento’, – in his speech opening the Second Vatican II, lambasted “those prophets of doom who are always forecasting disaster” at a...

  • Quotes and news

    Addressing a conference on Catholic social doctrine in Verona, Pope Francis said: “Those who work in economics and finance are certainly attracted by profit and, if they are not careful, they risk placing themselves in the service of profit...

  • Inheriting the light

    Today’s readings: 2 Samuel 5, 1-3; Colossians 1, 11-20; Luke 23, 35-43. St Paul’s words to the Colossians today sound so empowering and refreshing: “You will have in you the strength never to give in, but to bear anything joyfully, thanking the...

  • Abortion to be imposed as a right in Europe?

    The European Parliament recently dealt with a draft resolution on ‘sexual and reproductive health’ covering a wide variety of issues. Implementing measures on some of the issues, which included sexual violence on women, would be just. However, the...

  • Quotes and news

    The Commission of Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community recommended “a more humane approach to immigration” and “greater flexibility and a sensibility to human needs”. They issued the statement after discussing immigration at a plenary...

  • Need to purify

    Today’s readings; Malachi 3, 19-20; 2 Thessalonians 3, 7-12; Luke 21, 5-19. Shallow religion can be deceptive. It is actually misleading, because it never leads one to connect with oneself. For the first Christians, the fall of Jerusalem, the...

  • Homophobia or heterophobia?

    No man (or woman) is an island, or so the saying goes. Being human is all about being with others. We originate in others (parents), grow with and thanks to others (family, society), and find our fullness in loving and giving life to others...

  • Quotes and news

    The Guardian reported that according to Massimo Introvigne, a sociologist and head of Italy’s Centre for the Study of New Religions (Cesnur), hundreds of thousands of people are going back to church and have started the practise Catholic faith. He...

  • Death as stranger

    Today’s readings: 2 Maccabees 7, 1-2.9-14; 2 Thessalonians 2, 16 - 3,5; Luke 20, 27-38. Persecution is a word we normally attach to first-century Christians when the Christian religion, still in its formative years, was refuted in the wake of...

  • We are all sinners called to be saints

    Recently, when asked to define himself, Pope Francis, who is addressed by all as ‘His Holiness’, said he sees himself as a sinner. As we celebrated the feast of All Saints, we realise we are all called for sainthood but there is a tension that...

  • Quotes and news

    Last week, the Vatican published the document that will form the basis for the discussions at the extraordinary general assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will meet in October 2014 to discuss the family. Archbishop Bruno Forte, the special...

  • Our deepest desires

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 11,22 - 12,2; Thessalonians 1,11 - 2,2; Luke 19, 1-10. St Luke constantly tells stories of people who are lost, whom Jesus restores to life, and who eventually accept the good news of liberation. These stories are normally...

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