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  • Third Sunday of Easter: God’s real presence

    Acts 3, 13-15.17-19; 1 John 2, 1-5; Luke 24, 35-48. Faith in God who raised Jesus from the dead is faith in God the creator. The resurrection is part and parcel of the ongoing process of creation, which is still work-in-progress. What God did in...

  • Indifference as human emptiness

    Indifference as human emptiness

    We easily find ourselves as spectators at this theatre of the world we are living in today. We resign ourselves in our comfortable seat, feeling numb and helpless as social injustice, corruption and human suffering pass by on this global stage...

  • Quotes and news

    The following are extracts from Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Happy) issued last Monday: Middle class holiness “I like to contemplate the holiness present in the patience of God’s people: in parents who...

  • Second Sunday of Easter: The true risen body

    Acts 4, 32-35; 1 John 5, 1-6; John 20, 19-31. We live in an age and culture that, where belief is concerned, carries multiple contradictions. A few weeks ago, the faith and church attendance survey report published last January gave a snapshot of...

  • ‘I give you a new heart, a new Spirit’

    ‘I give you a new heart, a new Spirit’

    Recently I heard a true story about a lovely girl called Julia. She lived all her life in fear of instant death as she was born with a heart problem and spent her life waiting for a heart transplant. Doctors could not find a heart that matched hers.

  • Quotes and news

    During his ‘urbi et orbi’  Easter blessing, Pope Francis said: “The words heard by the women at the tomb are also addressed to us: ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. “By the power of God’s love” [Jesus’s...

  • Easter Sunday: Only love believes

    Acts 10, 34.37-43; Colossians 3, 1-4; John 20, 1-9. Too much time has elapsed since the Jesus story occurred and since he was proclaimed as risen by those who had first believed in him but then just succumbed at the sight of his violent death.

  • Go get a life…

    Go get a life…

    Thanks for the advice! But 7.6 billion people are trying to do just that right now. The question is: how they are going about it? Some are all out to get most fun out of life. Probably they have the money and time to do it. Others are trying to...

  • Quotes and news

    In an exclusive interview with Zenit, Bishop Saad Sirop Hanna said: “Iraq needs a visit from the Pope. Iraq is a very important country as a ‘biblical’ country. So many prophets, Abraham, and many other prophets came from Iraq. The people of Iraq...

  • Palm Sunday: The real inner circle

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 50, 4-7; Philippians 2, 6-11; Mark 14, 1 - 15, 47. Isaiah’s portrait in today’s first reading in what is known as one of the canticles of the suffering servant, provides the prophet’s blueprint for the prophetic mission...

  • Rerum Novarum revisited

    Rerum Novarum revisited

    When I was a young man, in the mid-1960s, socialism was the rage and we were told it was the means to liberate the working class. Many years have flown by since then and I have been blessed with a life experience that has enabled me to realise...

  • Quotes and news

    In his Angelus address last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “I can think: How do I look at the crucifix? As a work of art, to see if it’s beautiful or not? Or do I look inside, enter in Jesus’ wounds to his heart? Do I look at the mystery of God...

  • Fifth Sunday of Lent: Christianity’s survival

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 31, 31-34; Hebrews 5, 7-9; John 12, 20-33. The Jews and the Greeks are the twin sources of Western civilisation, the two rivers of faith and reason blending together in a reasonable Christianity. The Jews brought in the...

  • Facing the killing structures of sin

    Facing the killing structures of sin

    Last week was a marvellous one! Many have joyfully celebrated the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, which he started by saluting the crowd by the simple expression “Fratelli e sorelle, buona sera”! In these five years we have...

  • Quotes and news

    Cardinal Vincent Nichols said there is “great confusion” surrounding gender identity. When he was addressing the annual conference of English head teachers he appealed to them to uphold for children’s sake the values of family and community rather...

  • Fourth Sunday of Lent: Of clowns and prophets

    Today’s readings: 2 Chronicles 36, 14-16.19-23; Ephesians 2, 4-10; John 3, 14-21. The theme of this fourth Sunday of Lent is God’s unfailing love for us all. The Scriptures speak of a gratuitous love for which, as St Paul affirms, “nobody can...

  • On being women in theology

    On being women in theology

    For this year’s International Women’s Day, the Faculty of Theology organised a celebratory seminar to mark the contributions of women in theology. This made me pause and reflect, not just on the vocation of women in the Church, but on the...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis’s prayer intention for March is dedicated “for formation in spiritual discernment”. Pope Francis said: “Let us pray together that the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and...

  • Third Sunday of Lent: The throne of God

    Today’s readings: Exodus 20, 1-17; 1 Corinthians 1, 22-25; John 2, 13-25. Lent is about encountering God, a time when the Scriptures softly and gradually highlight for us what can be in the way to make this encounter happen. Of course, there is a...

  • Transfiguring mud into gold

    Transfiguring mud into gold

    Last week, the gospel of the Transfiguration struck me in a particular way. We attended Mass in the chapel of the Sisters of Mother Teresa, with a few young people from Christian Life Community. The celebrant, Fr Tony Calleja, a Jesuit who has...