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  • Easter Sunday: The Easter miracle

    Today’s readings: Acts 10, 34.37-43; Colossians 3, 1-4; John 20, 1-9. It is an intriguing truth that the Easter narrative about Jesus of Nazareth crucified, dead, but who is living has survived for such a long time. There are aspects of Jesus’...

  • The relentlessness of joy

    The relentlessness of joy

    Easter blows us away with its surge of life, enthusiasm and joy. Coming with the shift from winter to spring in the northern hemisphere, what happens with Christ is reflected in nature, in the obstinate quality of all living things to not yield to...

  • Quotes and news - April 21, 2019

    On Palm Sunday, Pope Francis said: “Today, by his entrance into Jerusalem, he shows us the way. For in that event, the evil one, the prince of this world, had a card up his sleeve: the card of triumphalism. Yet the Lord responded by holding fast...

  • Passion Sunday: He’s a different God

    Today’s readings; Isaiah 50, 4-7; Philippians 2, 6-11; Luke 22, 14 - 23, 56. Every time we go through the Passion narrative, questions always surface that remain perplexing. Was it what Judas did that set in train the sequence of events that led...

  • ‘I am about to do a new thing’

    ‘I am about to do a new thing’

    The trees, whose leaves had been stolen, are clothed again with flowers. All the earth is in blossom, proclaiming the greatness of the Creator, because He has adorned her like a spouse. We also shed our wintery heaviness, tasting the meek air and...

  • Quotes and news - April 14, 2019

    Last Sunday – the fifth Sunday of Lent – Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel account of Jesus’s merciful response to the woman caught in adultery: “Jesus’s interlocutors were closed in by the narrowness of legalism,” the Pope said, “and they...

  • Fifth Sunday of Lent: The brighter future

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 43, 16-21; Philippians 3, 8-14; John 8, 1-11. The important message conveyed to us all today is that as our stories unfold in daily life, there is always the seed of God’s redeeming love that can still shape our future and...

  • Protecting the voiceless

    Protecting the voiceless

    The social acceptance of abortion is a profound moral failure and pretends that such decisions can be relegated to mere individual choice without having negative consequences on society as a whole. The term ‘social order’ normally refers to a set...

  • Quotes and news - April 7, 2019

    Pope Francis visited Morocco last weekend. The following are extracts from some of his speeches: A fraternal and respectful society At a meeting with Moroccan autho­ri­ties, civil society and diplomats in Rabat, the Pope said: “If we wish to share...

  • Fourth Sunday of Lent: Serenity of homecoming

    Joshua 5, 9-12; 2 Cor. 5, 17-21; Luke 15, 1-3.11-32. The parable of the Prodigal Son, one of the best-known Gospel parables, which is read this Sunday, is without doubt a key that helps us interpret the state of the Church now. Jesus dares to...

  • Beyond the displacement of people

    Beyond the displacement of people

    A large multitude of people are being displaced every year as they are forced to move from one country to another or within the same country from one locality to another. The numbers are shocking. In 2017 (the latest published statistics), 68.4...

  • Quotes and news - March 31, 2019

    Cardinal Baltazar Porras, Archbishop of Merida and apostolic administrator of Caracas, Venezuela, said: “State security agencies exist not to take care of the government but to take care of the citizens. “Therefore, every order that is given that...

  • Third Sunday of Lent: Opting for the long view

    Today’s readings: Exodus 3,1-8.13-15; 1 Corinthians 10,1-6.10-12; Luke 13,1-9. Perhaps many of us can recall the struggles and debates in the past against militant atheists who fought harshly to prove that God simply does not exist. The response...

  • A blessing in disguise

    A blessing in disguise

    No one denies that that the Catholic Church has hit rock-bottom. The issues that are contributing towards this state of affairs are more than one but lately two very serious ones have come into the open, molester priests and the Church’s...

  • Quotes and news - March 24, 2019

    In his Angelus address last Sunday the Pope said: “Christ’s Transfiguration shows us the Christian perspective of suffering. Suffering isn’t sadomasochism: it’s a necessary but transitory passage. “The point of arrival to which we are called is...

  • 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...