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  • 16th Sunday in ordinary time: Keeping hope alive

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 23, 1-6; Ephesians 2, 13-18; Mark 6, 30-34. For quite some time now in the West it has been widely assumed that the Western model of liberal democracy and free trade is the way the world should be governed. Francis...

  • Travel light

    Travel light

    For many of us, the desire to travel peaks when summer rolls around. The scorching heat and the less hectic rhythm that characterises our islands during these months seem to present a valid excuse to slip away to another destination offering...

  • Quotes and news

    Last week was a bad one for the Church in Nicaragua which suffered more incidents of violence. Bishop Juan Abelardo Mata Guevara of Esteli, who was returning home after celebrating Mass, was attacked in his car at a police checkpoint in Nindiri,...

  • 15th Sunday in ordinary time: Back to the roots

    Today’s readings: Amos 7, 12-15; Ephesians 1, 3-14; Mark 6, 7-13. The narrative in today’s first reading from the book of the prophet Amos is a key text to understand the nature of Christianity and to give a right interpretation to the commission...

  • Don’t be afraid. Just believe!

    Don’t be afraid. Just believe!

    The events of last week can be aptly described by the first line of Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. Perhaps only the order of this statement has to be inverted, because it was...

  • Quotes and news

    At a conference entitled ‘Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth’, Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, said: “Today our common home is on the brink of ruin and we are faced...

  • 14th Sunday in ordinary time: Time of discontinuity

    Very seldom in the gospels do we read about Jesus preaching in a synagogue. We can easily imagine the expectations of the audience in a synagogue. Likewise, we can understand why Jesus never connected with such audiences. When Jesus was in his...

  • Three challenges of the Church

    Three challenges of the Church

    In his first visit to the province of Spain, Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, Father General of the Society of Jesus, highlighted three major challenges for the Church. The first – the need for the Church to become the people of God, a lay Church, a community...

  • Quotes and news

    Vatican criticises ‘fragile agreement’ Giuseppe Fiorentino, deputy editor of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, criticised the agreement reached during the ‘migration’ summit of the leaders of the EU.  In a front-page op-ed in the...

  • 13th Sunday in ordinary time: Healing the real wounds

    Wis 1, 13-15; 2, 23-24; 2 Cor. 8, 7.9.13-15; Mk 5, 21-43. The Jesus narratives in the gospels call for a reading that transcends times and cultures. If we simply repeat the narratives without an in-depth reading, we risk losing the entire...

  • Money must serve, not rule

    Money must serve, not rule

    Money must serve not rule has become Pope Francis’s mantra whenever he addresses the state of society today. The message challenges people in business, politics and all citizens as consumers, self-employed craftsmen and professionals, savers and...

  • Quotes and news

    During an in-flight news conference after a one-day ecumenical journey to Geneva, Pope Francis said the difficulty with the proposal of the Catholic bishops’ conference of Germany to publish a policy about the reception of communion by Protestants...

  • Birth of John the Baptist: Interrupting silence

    Isaiah 49, 1-6; Acts 13, 22-26; Luke 1, 57-66.80. John the Baptist’s birth is eventful enough to break the normal cycle of the ordinary Sundays. We may think the Baptist was special because he was the messenger sent to prepare Israel for the...

  • Wanted: a prophetic Church

    Wanted: a prophetic Church

    Many have already commented on the result of the Irish abortion referendum. I think this is the concluding episode of the long process of the secularisation of the West. The Irish were angry at the Church, mostly because the Church, occupying a...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis used very harsh words in his condemnation of abortion which he described it as a “white gloves” equivalent of the Nazis’ eugenics programmes. The Pope was addressing members of the Family Forum who were celebrating their 25th...

  • Eleventh Sunday in ordinary time: Revolutionary patience

    Ezekiel 17, 22-24; 2 Cor. 5, 6-10; Mark 4, 26-34. In the way we normally judge reality, it is easy to become cynical and to believe more in the determinism of the systems and mechanisms of society and politics than in the hope of possible new...

  • They discovered they were naked

    They discovered they were naked

    And God asked: “Who told you that you were naked? Have you been eating from the tree I forbade you to eat?” (Gen 3:9) The loss of innocence! What is innocence? How do we lose it? More than faultlessness, innocence is bliss – the joy of living...

  • Quotes and news

    Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic patriarch, appealed to Catholics and other Christians in Iraq to revive all their energies to rebuild the Christian communities in Iraq. Sako will soon be appointed cardinal. In a letter to bishops,...

  • Tenth Sunday in ordinary time: Escape from God

    Today’s readings: Genesis 3, 9-15; 2 Corinthians 4, 13 - 5, 1; Mark 3, 20-35. It is fascinating how, despite being so dated, the Scriptures, particularly texts like today’s, can speak so loudly and clearly to our condition in times so distant from...

  • The power of light

    The power of light

    In 1954, when reflecting on Dante’s Inferno, Dorothy Sayers portrayed a dismal picture of humanity: “That the Inferno is a picture of human society in a state of sin and corruption, everybody will readily agree. “And since we are today fairly well...