Religion
Advert

Religion

  • 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...

  • 18th Sunday in ordinary time: Liberating faith

    Ex. 16, 2-4.12-15; Eph. 4, 17.20-24; Jn 6, 24-35. The Book of Exodus is not only the key to the entire biblical experience but also to our way of understanding and living the faith in our daily lives. Believing in God is either truly liberating or...

  • Acedia: the noonday devil

    Acedia: the noonday devil

    What happens at noon? Nothing. There’s just the sun’s bright white light and its searing heat. And the warning to stay out of it. In the turpor of midsummer heat, it is easy to simply switch off. For many for whom this is the only time to take an...

  • Quotes and news

    In a message to the Christian Life Community world assembly last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “At the centre of your Ignatian spirituality is this desire to be contemplatives in action. Contemplation and action, the two dimensions together: because...

  • 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Nourishing the soul

    Today’s readings: 2 Kings 4, 42-44; Ephesians 4, 1-6; John 6, 1-15 The feeding of the 5,000 people in the gospel of John marks a crucial turn in the life and ministry of Jesus as seen by John. In our reading of this text we cannot stop merely at...

  • Night in the heat of summer

    Night in the heat of summer

    I recently had a very disturbing dream. Images from my past, present and future flashed before my eyes in that surreal state between being half-asleep but part awake. Suddenly, the ‘I’ who held those stories together began to disintegrate; my body...

  • Quotes and news

    Church in Nicaragua: persecuted and vilified The persecution and vilification of the Catholic Church in Nicaragua goes on unabated. Up till the point of writing, at least seven churches have been vandalised. Besides, hooded gunmen attacked a...