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  • The Epiphany of the Lord: Inner guidance

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 60, 1-6; Ephesians 3, 2-3.5-6; Matthew 2, 1-12. There is a common ground between believers, agnostics, atheists and those who consider themselves devotees of one specific religious tradition. In some way or other, they all...

  • New Year resolutions

    Some people still make New Year resolutions, although most, knowing that chances are that they would not keep them, have stopped doing so. It could be useful to find out why people do not keep resolutions that are usually made with the conviction...

  • Quotes and news - January 6, 2019

    During his visit to Iraq for the Christmas celebrations, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said: “After its time of trial, the Holy Family returned to Nazareth. The return from exile is also beginning for you. Happily, in your...

  • The Holy Family: Bedrock of ordinary virtues

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiasticus 3, 2-6.12-14; Colossians 3, 12-21; Luke 2, 41-52. The feast of the Holy Family was instituted by Pope Leo XIII at a point in time when the old model of the rural family was being substituted by a different model in...

  • Science and faith

    Science and faith

    One of the myths peddled around ad nauseam is that the advances in science are slowly but surely discrediting religious belief, and above all, Catholicism. It, therefore, comes as a relief that a book on the subject, entitled Il-Ħolqien u...

  • Quotes and news - December 30, 2018

    On Tuesday, the Church will celebrate the 52nd World Day of Peace. These are excerpts from Pope Francis’s message for the occasion: Good politics “Politics is an essential means of building human community and institutions, but when political life...

  • Fourth Sunday of Advent: Hope in a new humanity

    Today’s readings: Micah 5, 1-4; Hebrews 10, 5-10; Luke 1, 39-44. There is deep inspiration in the icon of the visitation in today’s gospel. St Luke portrays Mary and Elizabeth as sacred spaces of God’s presence in history. In the Ark of the Old...

  • A time to give life or to kill it?

    A time to give life or to kill it?

    It’s Christmas: a time to rejoice and make merry; a time to stop and think. The Christmas story begins with the birth of a child – the child – it’s the same old, childish story. But humanity has now grown out of those primitive times when it...

  • Quotes and news - December 23, 2018

    Speaking on the third Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis said: “The awareness that in difficulties we can always turn to the Lord, and that He never rejects our invocations, is a great reason for joy. Shout with joy, rejoice, rejoice: this is the...

  • Third Sunday of Advent: The source of our joy

    Today’s readings: Zephaniah 3, 14-18; Philippians 4, 4-7; Luke 3, 10-18. This third Sunday of Advent is all about joy and happiness. What is it that really makes us happy? The pursuit of joy and happiness can be very elusive. In her book The...

  • Come, all ye faithful!

    Come, all ye faithful!

    These are the days when we will frequently hear the carol O Come, All Ye Faithful, a translation of the Latin hymn Adeste, fideles. According to the Benedictine monk Dom John Stéphan there are indications that John Francis Wade composed both the...

  • Quotes and news - December 16, 2018

    In a recent statement, the bishops of England and Wales said: “We join with the presidents of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of the EU to call on politicians to work towards an ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement. “A UN...

  • Second Sunday of Advent: The voice of hope

    Baruch 5, 1-9; Philippians 1, 4-6.8-11; Luke 3, 1-6. We are approaching yet another Christmas festive season. This is not a time to put aside what is worrying in the world and in the Church. It looks as if we are at a profound impasse. The Church...

  • A family is born

    In his homily at Santa Marta last week, Pope Francis insisted that Advent demands three attitudes: purification of memory, commitment to radical hope and vigilance for the future. Not without a hint of irony, he observed that “Christmas is not...

  • Quotes and news - December 9, 2018

    Speaking after inaugurating the ‘Candles for Peace in Syria’ Campaign, in which Pope Francis’s candle was decorated by craftsman from the Old City of Damascus, the Pope said: “Advent is a time for hope. At this time, I would like to make my own...

  • First Sunday of Advent: Becoming divine

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 33, 14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3, 12 - 4, 2; Luke 21, 25-28.34-36. The incarnation, God who became man, is at the core of Christianity, but in its meaning it extends much further than the nativity story. We need more depth...

  • Advent: The gift of genuine hope

    Advent: The gift of genuine hope

    Observe a child these days. Chocolate Advent calendars are opened diligently day by day, with mounting expectations. Lists to Santa are drawn up with coloured drawings and the glee of waiting for gifts. Eyes brighten up in toy shops. Helping hands...

  • Quotes and news - December 2, 2018

    Cardinal Sean O’Malley, head of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, recently said: “This is a critical moment for the universal Church in addressing the sexual abuse crisis. “The February meeting will be an important moment for...

  • Christ the King: The two truths

    Today’s readings: Daniel 7, 13-14; Apocalypse 1, 5-8; John 18, 33-37. In life, many a time we are confronted with two truths, the one we want to tell ourselves and the one we need to listen to. The truth we want to tell ourselves normally makes us...

  • A different king

    A different king

    A few days ago, I was at a meeting with five married couples. At one point, the discussion turned on the experience of God in daily life and I took the opportunity to ask them two blunt questions: “As couples, do you encounter God in your life?”,...