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  • 24th Sunday in ordinary time: Quantum leap needed

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 5, 5-9; James 2, 14-18; Mark 8, 27-35. In any evolutionary process, whether it concerns religion, matter or consciousness, there are important thresholds that mark qualitative leaps forward. Life never settles down for a...

  • A thirst for spiritual conversation

    A thirst for spiritual conversation

    A life without God is empty, and the more we experience the emptiness within the more we struggle to give meaning to our existence. In search for meaning we often engage in all sorts of unecessary activities that may not contribute towards our...

  • Quotes and news - September 16, 2018

    Pope Francis addressed a number of different topics in an exclusive interview with the Italian national business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. He said real growth can occur in a community when we “make room to welcome everyone’s collaboration”. He...

  • 23rd Sunday in ordinary time: Listening to the world’s pain

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 35, 4-7; James 2, 1-5; Mark 7, 31-37. If there is one characteristic that should distinguish those who claim to believe in God, it should be the ability to listen to the world’s pain without remaining untouched. Our call...

  • Servant leadership

    Servant leadership

    These are not easy times to give examples of moral leaders in today’s political and business world. It is even more difficult to give examples of servant leaders. The thirst for power, prestige and wealth have been an obstacle to many in their...

  • Quotes and news - September 9, 2018

    Almost all recommendations by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia were accepted by the Catholic bishops and religious orders. The exception was their refusal to accept recommendations that would...

  • 22nd Sunday in ordinary time: Irreligious religion

    Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 4, 1-2.6-8; James 1, 17-18.21-22.27; Mark 7, 1-8.14-15.21-23. A common issue in religion is the relationship between the law and individual conscience. To what extent is the law binding on one’s conscience, and to...

  • A community of sinful saints

    A community of sinful saints

    A few weeks ago, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the former Archbishop of Washington, DC, Theodore McCarrick, because of allegations of sexual misconduct. Pope Benedict had disciplined the late Cardinal Keith O’Brien, leader of the Church...

  • Quotes and news

    At Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland, last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “But let us also humbly acknowledge that, if we are honest with ourselves, we too can find the teachings of Jesus hard. How difficult it is always to forgive those who hurt us; how...

  • 21st Sunday in ordinary time: Shechem today

    Today’s readings: Joshua 24, 1-2.15-18; Ephesians 5, 21-32; John 6, 60-69. There is very little doubt that the Church is now at a make or break situation. There seems to be no end to the tsunami of the sex abuse crimes on the part of the clergy,...

  • Mercy… but what mercy?

    Humanity has made great strides since the time when might was right and only the fittest survived. Some call this progress or evolution; others call it justice or humanity. Let me simply call it mercy. A society becomes human according to how...

  • Quotes and news

    Last Monday, the Vatican released a letter by Pope Francis addressed to all Catholics in which he spoke in strong terms on several aspects of the scandal of sex abuse of children by priests and religious. The following are some extracts. Spare no...

  • Maltese family chosen to give service at the IX World Meeting of Families in Ireland

    Jesmond Magro, together with his wife Joanne and their daughter Grazia, of Żabbar, members of the Disciples of Jesus Community and leaders of cells of evangelisation, have been chosen to represent the International Organism at the Service of the...

  • 20th Sunday in ordinary time: Wisdom that redeems

    Today’s readings: Proverbs 9, 1-6; Ephesians 5, 15-20; John 6, 51-58. The Frankenstein story is a piece of science fiction written back in 1818 that tells the story of a scientist who tries to create a superior being and instead creates a monster.

  • Lord of the dance

    Lord of the dance

    Not too long ago, I had the privilege of attending a marriage ceremony in the Dominican church in Rabat. The lifelong commitment of a young couple is always an uplifting experience, and this was fortified by an excellent homily and beautiful...

  • Quotes and news - August 19. 2018

    During the midday Angelus last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “Today I exhort you to be protagonists of the good. Don’t think you are OK when you don’t do evil. Each one is culpable for the good he could have done and didn’t do. “It’s not enough not...

  • Mosta parish church celebrates first feast as basilica

    Mosta parish church celebrates first feast as basilica

    Archbishop Charles Scicluna celebrated Mass at Mosta Basilica on the occasion of the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady.

  • 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...