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  • Second Sunday of Lent: Seeing through the cloud

    Today’s readings: Genesis 15, 5-12.17-18; Philippians 3, 17 - 4, 1; Luke 9, 28-36. Today we are so taken up with what we do, with the turmoil around us, and with caring for ourselves, that it is hard to see any meaning or relevance in St Paul’s...

  • Formation of conscience

    Formation of conscience

    In the recent past, many Maltese voters must have been baffled and perplexed at the readiness with which our MPs have voted for legislation that has undermined the institution of the family and removed the protection of human life at its most...

  • Quotes and news - March 17, 2019

    In a statement at the end of a re­cent meeting, the Bishops of Pana­ma said: “As a Church, we cannot be indifferent to the drama that takes place at our borders, where hundreds of people migrate with great difficulty, at the risk of their lives,...

  • First Sunday of Lent: Faith is transformative

    Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 26, 4-10; Romans 10, 8-13; Luke 4, 1-13. This is the first week of another Lenten journey. The purpose of this ‘journey’ is not to undertake sacrifices, to refrain from delicacies we usually enjoy, to stop smoking or...

  • Much more than a ftira

    Much more than a ftira

    Travelling to Floriana these past weeks, my eyes fell on a billboard depicting a large ftira, a typical Maltese bread, close to Portes des Bombes. It is meant to rally people behind the Cultural Directorate’s application for the ftira to be...

  • Quotes and news - March 10, 2019

    Last Wednesday the Catholic Church started celebrating the season of Lent. The following are excerpts from Pope Francis’s message for the occasion. Sin: the root of all evil “The root of all evil, as we know, is sin, which from its first...

  • Eighth Sunday in ordinary time: Language of the heart

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiasticus 27, 5-8; 1 Corinthians 15, 54-58; Luke 6, 39-45. It can take a very long time to become the persons we are. Very often in the process we mask ourselves in faces that are not our own. We must endure so much...

  • Free from fear

    Free from fear

    When faced with the challenges of our time, we are often tempted to abandon our dream of freedom, shut ourselves off and seek human security and reassuring routine. Yet this withdrawnness is “a sign of defeat”. It increases our fear of those...

  • Quotes and news - March 3, 2019

    The bishops of Venezuela said that “the regime has the obligation to attend to the needs of the population, and therefore to facilitate the entrance and distribution of humanitarian aid, avoiding any type of repressive violence”. They appealed to...

  • Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: Against minimalism

    Today’s readings: 1 Samuel 26, 2.7-9.11-13.22-23; 1 Corinthians 15,45-49; Luke 6, 27-38. Today’s text from Luke’s gospel can put us off and create reactions of resistance in us. Jesus is setting high standards in community relationships that go...

  • Crooks or gods

    Crooks or gods

    Amazing how judging someone can be such a tricky thing both for the judge and the judged. Let’s take just one example – we Maltese and Paul of Tarsus. The judges were the natives of our tiny island. The judged was a shipwrecked prisoner seeking...

  • Quotes and news - February 24, 2019

    The Chaldean patriarch, Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, said that the jihadist ideology and the concept of ‘holy war’ should be eliminated from Islam. The cardinal was addressing the recently held 55th edition of the Munich Security Conference in...

  • Sixth Sunday in ordinary time: Trust we build on

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 17, 5-8; 1 Corinthians 15, 12.16-20; Luke 6, 17.20-26. How can people be happy when they are hated, abused or when they are weeping, poor or hungry? This is a very punching provocation from today’s gospel text that calls...

  • The wounded Church

    The wounded Church

    This Thursday, the high-level four-day summit on clerical sexual abuse summoned by Pope Francis last September, will gather the presidents of all bishops’ conferences, the heads of Eastern Catholic Churches and representatives of religious...

  • Quotes and news - February 17, 2019

    During a recent audience with the National Association of Magistrates, Pope Francis said: “It is precisely the timing and ways in which justice is administered that touch the living flesh of people, especially those most in difficulty, and leave...

  • Feast of St Paul’s shipwreck: The true storm

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 14, 3-7; Acts 27, 16 - 28, 10; Mark 16, 15-20. There are important and significant things in life which, repeated ad nauseam, risk becoming clichés and void of meaning. It is annually repeated over and over again on this...

  • A message out of the waters

    A message out of the waters

    Today’s solemn remembrance of the mighty storm which brought St Paul to our shores, narrated with so much attention to detail in Acts 27 and 28, comes in the wake of the discussion of the census re­sults on Church attendances in Malta, and the...

  • Quotes and news - February 10, 2019

    Addressing the board of directors of Italy’s Pro-Life  Movement last Saturday week ahead of the 41st National Day for Life, Pope Francis said: “I appeal to all politicians, regardless of their faith convictions, to treat the defence of the lives...

  • Fourth Sunday in ordinary time: Braced for action

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 1, 4-5.17-19; 1 Corinthians 12, 31 - 13, 13; Luke 4, 21-30. On January 25, some of Europe’s most prominent intellectuals signed and published a manifesto that warns that Europe is in peril from populist forces – false...

  • Lessons from Jaguar/Land Rover

    Lessons from Jaguar/Land Rover

    Jaguar/Land Rover is struggling from a 30 per cent slump due to UK government’s crackdown on diesel engines. As 90 per cent of Jaguar/Land Rover cars sold last year in the UK were diesels, it is very exposed to this crackdown. To this huge...