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  • Nineteenth Sunday in ordinary time: Desert wisdom

    1 Kings 19, 4-8; Ephesians 4, 30 - 5,2; John 6, 41-51. The concept of desert wisdom is a very basic concept in Christian living. The desert, in itself, is a space, an experience that can be arid, and a place where one can easily feel lost and...

  • Nipping it in the bud

    Nipping it in the bud

    The problem of refugees – whether one sticks to legal or other parameters – will be with us for a long time. The rich capitalist countries are the main culprits of this growing problem. I am opposed to Matteo Salvini and his ilk as darkness is to...

  • Quotes and news

    “When speaking of families, often the image of a treasure comes to my mind. Today’s rhythm of life, stress, pressure at work and also the little attention paid by institutions could put them in danger. It is not enough to talk about their...

  • 18th Sunday in ordinary time: Liberating faith

    Ex. 16, 2-4.12-15; Eph. 4, 17.20-24; Jn 6, 24-35. The Book of Exodus is not only the key to the entire biblical experience but also to our way of understanding and living the faith in our daily lives. Believing in God is either truly liberating or...

  • Acedia: the noonday devil

    Acedia: the noonday devil

    What happens at noon? Nothing. There’s just the sun’s bright white light and its searing heat. And the warning to stay out of it. In the turpor of midsummer heat, it is easy to simply switch off. For many for whom this is the only time to take an...

  • Quotes and news

    In a message to the Christian Life Community world assembly last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “At the centre of your Ignatian spirituality is this desire to be contemplatives in action. Contemplation and action, the two dimensions together: because...

  • 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Nourishing the soul

    Today’s readings: 2 Kings 4, 42-44; Ephesians 4, 1-6; John 6, 1-15 The feeding of the 5,000 people in the gospel of John marks a crucial turn in the life and ministry of Jesus as seen by John. In our reading of this text we cannot stop merely at...

  • Night in the heat of summer

    Night in the heat of summer

    I recently had a very disturbing dream. Images from my past, present and future flashed before my eyes in that surreal state between being half-asleep but part awake. Suddenly, the ‘I’ who held those stories together began to disintegrate; my body...

  • Quotes and news

    Church in Nicaragua: persecuted and vilified The persecution and vilification of the Catholic Church in Nicaragua goes on unabated. Up till the point of writing, at least seven churches have been vandalised. Besides, hooded gunmen attacked a...

  • 16th Sunday in ordinary time: Keeping hope alive

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 23, 1-6; Ephesians 2, 13-18; Mark 6, 30-34. For quite some time now in the West it has been widely assumed that the Western model of liberal democracy and free trade is the way the world should be governed. Francis...

  • Travel light

    Travel light

    For many of us, the desire to travel peaks when summer rolls around. The scorching heat and the less hectic rhythm that characterises our islands during these months seem to present a valid excuse to slip away to another destination offering...

  • Quotes and news

    Last week was a bad one for the Church in Nicaragua which suffered more incidents of violence. Bishop Juan Abelardo Mata Guevara of Esteli, who was returning home after celebrating Mass, was attacked in his car at a police checkpoint in Nindiri,...

  • 15th Sunday in ordinary time: Back to the roots

    Today’s readings: Amos 7, 12-15; Ephesians 1, 3-14; Mark 6, 7-13. The narrative in today’s first reading from the book of the prophet Amos is a key text to understand the nature of Christianity and to give a right interpretation to the commission...

  • Don’t be afraid. Just believe!

    Don’t be afraid. Just believe!

    The events of last week can be aptly described by the first line of Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. Perhaps only the order of this statement has to be inverted, because it was...

  • Quotes and news

    At a conference entitled ‘Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth’, Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, said: “Today our common home is on the brink of ruin and we are faced...

  • 14th Sunday in ordinary time: Time of discontinuity

    Very seldom in the gospels do we read about Jesus preaching in a synagogue. We can easily imagine the expectations of the audience in a synagogue. Likewise, we can understand why Jesus never connected with such audiences. When Jesus was in his...

  • Three challenges of the Church

    Three challenges of the Church

    In his first visit to the province of Spain, Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, Father General of the Society of Jesus, highlighted three major challenges for the Church. The first – the need for the Church to become the people of God, a lay Church, a community...

  • Quotes and news

    Vatican criticises ‘fragile agreement’ Giuseppe Fiorentino, deputy editor of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, criticised the agreement reached during the ‘migration’ summit of the leaders of the EU.  In a front-page op-ed in the...

  • 13th Sunday in ordinary time: Healing the real wounds

    Wis 1, 13-15; 2, 23-24; 2 Cor. 8, 7.9.13-15; Mk 5, 21-43. The Jesus narratives in the gospels call for a reading that transcends times and cultures. If we simply repeat the narratives without an in-depth reading, we risk losing the entire...

  • Money must serve, not rule

    Money must serve, not rule

    Money must serve not rule has become Pope Francis’s mantra whenever he addresses the state of society today. The message challenges people in business, politics and all citizens as consumers, self-employed craftsmen and professionals, savers and...