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  • 26th Sunday in ordinary time: Learners for life

    Today’s readings: Ezekiel 18, 25-28; Philippians 2, 1-11; Matthew 21, 28-32. Religious deception is quite a serious problem in a believer’s life. Jesus struggled against deception in religion in his days, and in today’s gospel he uses a fictitious...

  • The art of accompaniment

    The art of accompaniment

    As children go back to school this week, we will often hear the word ‘pedagogy’. Pedagogy is commonly understood as a method or practice in teaching. However, the roots of the word are found in the Greek word paideia. By this word, the Greeks...

  • Quotes and news

    Addressing the 77nd session of the UN General Assembly, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States, said: “Christian Churches celebrate together on September 1 the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, to...

  • 25th Sunday in ordinary time: Standing idle

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 55, 6-9; Philippians 1, 20-24.27; Matthew 20, 1-16. God’s generosity makes us furious. It turns upside down our calculations, our way of seeing things and our prejudices. In the Gospel this comes out very clear in the way...

  • Those who give are more blessed than those who receive

    Those who give are more blessed than those who receive

    Recently I lived a beautiful experience while on missionary work in Peru. A group of 20 volunteers from the Oratory MSSP community came together with the intention of living and supporting our Paulist missionaries working in Peru for a few...

  • Quotes and news

    During Mass in Casa Santa Marta last Monday, Pope Francis said: “If leaders do not pray, they close themselves off in a self-referential circle or in that of their party, a circle from which they cannot escape.” He said it is important to be aware...

  • 24th Sunday in ordinary time: Forgiveness as inner healing

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiasticus 27,33 - 28,9; Romans 14, 7-9; Matthew 18, 21-35. St Matthew’s gospel today, like last Sunday, continues to highlight the essentials of community building and the importance of relationships that bind solidly the...

  • Corruption is evil

    Corruption is making its way in society at an unprecedented pace as it is being accepted as a normal way of doing politics, government and business. The costs of corruption are growing not only economically, but also socially as the citizens think...

  • Quotes and news

    The following quotes are taken from speeches and homilies made by Pope Francis during his pastoral visit to Colombia. ‘Real wealth is diversity’ Addressing Colombia’s leaders on September 7, the Pope said: “I en­courage you to look to those who...

  • 23rd Sunday in ordinary time: Our bill of health

    Today’s readings: Ezekiel 33, 7-9; Romans 13, 8-10; Matthew 18, 15-20. If we examine our faith communities, would we give them a clean bill of health? Such health is surely not measured by the efficiency of the parish office or the standard of our...

  • More or less Catholic schools?

    More or less Catholic schools?

    There is no doubt that our country, culture and values are becoming less Catholic. Are our Catholic schools becoming less Catholic too? For some, it is still a big shock to even ask the question. But before we helplessly drop our arms or angrily...

  • Quotes and news

    Jesuit father Michael Czerny, undersecretary of the Migrants and Refu­gees section of the office for Integral Human Development, said that politicians, business leaders, civil society and faith communities must step up efforts to combat the...

  • 22nd Sunday in ordinary time: The allure of life

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 20, 7-9; Romans 12, 1-2; Matthew 16, 21-27. Life is Beautiful. As many would recall, that was the 1997 Italian film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. Benigni in the film employs his fertile imagination to shield...

  • The eleventh hour

    The eleventh hour

    The Holy Father’s address at the Italian National Liturgical Week not only gives us food for thought but also food for action. He made it plain that this was not a period of doom for the Liturgy during which superficial events have happened, but...

  • Quotes and news

    In an address to the International Catholic Legislators Network last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “As long as the contribution of the Church to the great questions of society in our time can be put into discussion, it is vital that your commitment...

  • 21st Sunday in ordinary time: On what foundation?

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 22, 19-23; Romans 11, 33-36; Matthew 16, 13-20. Today’s text from Matthew, reporting Peter’s confession of faith in Jesus and the founding of the Church on Peter as the rock, has been always a debated text. Some argue that...

  • Is evil a thing of the past?

    Is evil a thing of the past?

    Fresh in our mind is the savage terrorist attack in Barcelona. Similar strikes have targeted defenceless members of the public in Nice, London, Berlin and Stockholm. Recently, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, a white supremacist rammed a car into...

  • Quotes and news

    In his Angelus address on August 12, Pope Francis said: “When you do not cling to the word of the Lord, but have more security in consulting horoscopes and fortune tellers, you sink. Faith in the Lord and in his word does not open a path where...

  • 20th Sunday in ordinary time: It is faith that matters

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 56, 1.6-7; Romans 11, 13-15.29-32; Matthew 15, 21-28. Ideally, religions should transcend boundaries and by nature be inclusive, promoting unity in diversity and fraternity. But as we all know, the truth on the ground is...

  • Silence is not golden

    Silence is not golden

    In a landmark document of 1998, entitled ‘Living the Gospel of Life’, the Catholic Bishops of the US made a fervent appeal for Catholics to fulfil their vocation in the public arena. In the light of unfolding events in Malta, this document is very...