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  • Fifth Sunday of Lent: Christianity’s survival

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 31, 31-34; Hebrews 5, 7-9; John 12, 20-33. The Jews and the Greeks are the twin sources of Western civilisation, the two rivers of faith and reason blending together in a reasonable Christianity. The Jews brought in the...

  • Facing the killing structures of sin

    Facing the killing structures of sin

    Last week was a marvellous one! Many have joyfully celebrated the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, which he started by saluting the crowd by the simple expression “Fratelli e sorelle, buona sera”! In these five years we have...

  • Quotes and news

    Cardinal Vincent Nichols said there is “great confusion” surrounding gender identity. When he was addressing the annual conference of English head teachers he appealed to them to uphold for children’s sake the values of family and community rather...

  • Fourth Sunday of Lent: Of clowns and prophets

    Today’s readings: 2 Chronicles 36, 14-16.19-23; Ephesians 2, 4-10; John 3, 14-21. The theme of this fourth Sunday of Lent is God’s unfailing love for us all. The Scriptures speak of a gratuitous love for which, as St Paul affirms, “nobody can...

  • On being women in theology

    On being women in theology

    For this year’s International Women’s Day, the Faculty of Theology organised a celebratory seminar to mark the contributions of women in theology. This made me pause and reflect, not just on the vocation of women in the Church, but on the...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis’s prayer intention for March is dedicated “for formation in spiritual discernment”. Pope Francis said: “Let us pray together that the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and...

  • Third Sunday of Lent: The throne of God

    Today’s readings: Exodus 20, 1-17; 1 Corinthians 1, 22-25; John 2, 13-25. Lent is about encountering God, a time when the Scriptures softly and gradually highlight for us what can be in the way to make this encounter happen. Of course, there is a...

  • Transfiguring mud into gold

    Transfiguring mud into gold

    Last week, the gospel of the Transfiguration struck me in a particular way. We attended Mass in the chapel of the Sisters of Mother Teresa, with a few young people from Christian Life Community. The celebrant, Fr Tony Calleja, a Jesuit who has...

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking about the Canadian government’s attempt to impose an ideological test on organisations wishing to receive funding from Canada’s summer jobs programme, Archbishop of Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins told Vatican News: “I think a lot of...

  • Second Sunday of Lent: Faith is no illusion

    Today’s readings: Genesis 22, 1-2.9-13.15-18; Romans 8, 31-34; Mark 9, 2-10. The constant temptation in life is to believe that the truth is the crude reality as we experience it and as it comes across to many. Yet, the liturgies we celebrate and...

  • The glorification of being busy

    The glorification of being busy

    Recently, during a retreat I attended, the preacher set me thinking as he spoke of the glorification of being busy. In a soft but convincing voice, he proposed an attitude of ‘pause’ within a hurried and time-conscious world. He observed that our...

  • Quotes and news

    Bishop rejected by priests resigns Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Bishop of Ahiara in Nigeria, Peter Ebere Okpaleke. The bishop had been rejected by the local priests. Bishop Okpaleke, who was appointed in 2012, found it...

  • First Sunday of Lent: Perceiving the sign

    Today’s readings: Genesis 9, 8-15; 1 Peter 3, 18-22; Mark 1, 12-15. In religion very often we seem to be more concerned with what we can say or believe about God rather than with what God actually has to tell us. Lent is always an opportune time...

  • Beyond the survey

    A few weeks ago, a survey about Sunday Mass attendance was carried out.  The results are not published yet but reflection on the issue needs to go beyond them. The survey tells us where we are and this is extremely important because that is from...

  • Quotes and news

    Academics, lawyers and human rights activists from Hong Kong have described the possible agreement between the Vatican and the Chinese government as “an irreversible and regrettable mistake”. These Catholic personalities asked the Vatican to...

  • Sixth Sunday in ordinary time: The touch of empathy

    Today’s readings: Leviticus 13, 1-2.44-46; 1 Corinthians 10, 31 – 11, 1; Mark 1, 40-45. There is a stark contrast in today’s readings between the cold and detached approach of the law towards the marginalised in Leviticus, and the empathic touch...

  • Resilience in the spiritual journey

    Resilience in the spiritual journey

    Resilience is normally defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties and unexpected challenges we come across in our daily paths. Life is tough, irrespective of one’s beliefs. Jesus Christ never promised us a bed of roses. He told...

  • Quotes and news

    Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German Bishops’ Conference, said that Catholic priests should on an individual basis decide whether or not to preside over blessing ceremonies for homosexual couples. During an interview broadcast on the...

  • Fifth Sunday in ordinary time: The cry from the abyss

    Today’s readings: Job 7, 1-4.6-7; 1 Corinthians 9, 16-19.22-23; Mark 1, 29-39. There are many today who can very easily identify themselves with Job’s cry from the abyss in the first reading. The meaningful life is still a pressing issue and an...

  • The scourge of cynicism

    The scourge of cynicism

    Together with corruption and hypocrisy, cynicism is another scourge of our society. It is the belief that there is never a genuinely good intention, but that all words and actions are hiding a selfish and dishonest motive. It is a declaration of...