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Religion

  • Can we still hope?

    Today’s readings: Micah 5,1-4 or Romans 8,28-30; Matthew 1,18-23. Symbolically, Mary was the sacred space that could contain God’s powerful and gentle presence in the world. The world in biblical language is not always the place suitable to...

  • Jesus, democracy and freedom

    Among the many champions of human freedom there are few who question the significance of Christ. Yet, were he to be living in the West today he would have easily been accused of being undemocratic. He consulted no one, except his Heavenly Father.

  • Quotes and news

    According to the Vatican’s outgoing Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, “a mix of crows and vipers” was responsible for the campaign of criticism against him. He belives that “on balance” his tenure of office was a good one. Bertone was...

  • The cure of self

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiasticus 3, 17-20.28-29; Hebrews 12, 18-19.22-24; Luke 14, 1. 7-14. We often complain of a society that has become too competitive, where relationships are too calculating, and where many times our dealings with each other...

  • All are the Church

    During the past several years the Church has been experiencing a shortage of vocations in the western world. The average age of priests and religious is on the rise and great difficulty is faced when it comes to staffing parishes and to keeping...

  • Quotes and news

    Patriarch Gregory III Laham, the head of the Melkite Catholic Church, said a US attack against Syria would be “a criminal act, which will only reap more victims”. The Patriarch lamented that the US and other Western nations have done nothing to...

  • Reframing our beliefs

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 66,18-21; Hebrews 12,5-7.11-13; Luke 13,22-30. God’s dream is to gather all nations together so they may proclaim His glory and make their offering on His holy mountain in Jerusalem. This is what the prophet Isaiah tells...

  • Christian faith is apologetical

    In today’s society many are asking all sorts of questions. They are responding to their inner desire for truth. Such a quest is justified provided it is enlightened by an honest, truthful and responsible spirit. We Christians, as bearers of a...

  • Quotes and news

    In a statement, the Catholic bishops of Iowa, the US, said: “Many immigrants have been forced to leave their countries in order to provide even for the most basic needs of themselves and their families. The desperation of their circumstances does...

  • The courage of faith

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 38,4-6.8-10; Hebrews 12, 1-4; Luke 12,49-53. Very often we lament that life as we live it today has become devoid of ideals. History is marked by outstanding people who believed in ideals in politics, religion, culture,...

  • Personal prayer insights

    When we pray, we discover the grace of the openness in which God is given to us. It is the Lord who takes the initiative in this divine-human dialogue and relationship, and we tend to become deeply conscious of what happens to us in this...

  • Quotes and news

    The singing nuns of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in the US, have made history by becoming the first group since 2006 to top the chart for a long period of time with a classical album. The album released by the nuns is called Angels...

  • Resisting fear

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 18, 6-9; Hebrews 11, 1-2.8-19; Luke 12, 32-48. One of the greatest revelations of the gospel is in the words of Jesus conveyed to us today: “There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to...

  • When greed takes its toll

    “Focusing our life solely on making more money shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of ourselves. Because it’s only when we hitch our wagon to something larger than ourselves that we realise our true potential,” US President...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis described consumerism as a poison that threatens true happiness. He said that on the contrary, membership of the Church leads to true happiness. “The encounter with the living Jesus, in the great family that is the Church, fills the...

  • Making sense of life

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiastes 1,2.2,21-23; Colossians 3, 1-5.9-11; Luke 12, 13-21. Considering the attention that we pay on a daily basis to vanity in this day and age does not really help make our faith in Jesus Christ more relevant and credible.

  • There is no looking back

    Undeniably, Pope Benedict XVI will be remembered as the one of the great popes of the 21st century and one of the great theologians of our time, a Pope of dialogue between faith and reason… a holy Pope. But his indelible mark on the modern...

  • Quotes and news

    Bishop Walker Nickless of Sioux City, Iowa, the US, has criticised Republican congressman Steve King because of his remarks about young irregular immigrants. The bishop said he was disappointed by King’s remarks as they undermined immigrants’...

  • Way of the heart

    Today’s readings: Genesis 18, 20-32; Colossians 2, 12-24; Luke 11, 1-13. Today’s first reading sounds quasi-comical and gives a picture of God very distant from the theological or juridical concept we perpetuate. God resolves to destroy a city,...

  • Voluntary work strengthens the relationship of a couple

    Voluntary work is an essential part of character building. It teaches you to give without expecting anything in return. This is so much needed in today’s society, and in particular in marriage today. In the past, couples got married and stayed...

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