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  • Quotes and news

    In his homily during Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Rome, last Tuesday, Pope Francis said: “Sometimes we think that humility is to go quietly, perhaps head-down looking at the floor… but even pigs walk with their heads down: this is not humi­lity. This...

  • Fourth Sunday in ordinary time: Destabilising prophecy

    Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 18, 15-20; 1 Corinthians 7, 32-35; Mark 1, 21-28. When religion becomes conventional it is no longer what religion should be. It no longer responds to people’s real needs and questions and it loses its punch in the...

  • Is that all there is…?

    Is that all there is…?

    I still remember Jerry Leiber’s lyrics in the 1960s hit song Is That All There Is?: “When I was 12 years old, my father took me to a circus, the greatest show on earth… I had the feeling that something was missing… but when it was over, I said to...

  • Quotes and news

    These are quotes from the Pope during his recent visit to Peru: Jesus gets involved In Lima, Peru, last Sunday, he said: “The Kingdom of Heaven means fin­ding in Jesus a God who gets in­volv­ed with the lives of people. And he involves others not...

  • Third Sunday in ordinary time: See clearly, live simply

    Jonah 3, 1-5.10; 1 Corinthians 7, 29-31; Mk 1, 14-20. In today’s Scripture readings there is a call to repentance coupled with a sense of urgency. What does a call to repentance amount to today? Jonah went across Nineveh urging people to change...

  • Milestone or millstone?

    Milestone or millstone?

    Last year was marred by the brutal assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. This terrible event shed light on the evil of high-level skullduggery, fuelled by the ultra-rich, with the connivance of financial institutions and banks in tax havens...

  • Quotes and news

    Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, said: “We are all under attack, Christians, Muslims. All these attacks on churches, mos­ques, armed robbery, kidnappings, demonstrate that we have a government that is not stable and cannot guarantee...

  • Second Sunday in ordinary time: God’s networks

    1 Sam 3, 3-10.19; 1 Cor 6, 13-15.17-20; Jn 1, 35-42. Christianity is not a message to be proclaimed but an experience that becomes a message. The ‘come and see’ of the gospel today is an invitation addressed to all of us personally and to the...

  • Appeal of faith

    Appeal of faith

    Many of us, at one stage or another, must have faced a crisis of faith. Since we are rational beings, the most profound question asked universally is “why?”. But as Nietzsche wrote: “He who has a why to live for can bear with almost...

  • Quotes and news

    In his Angelus address last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “The feast of Jesus’s baptism invites every Christian to remember his or her own baptism. To forget our baptism means to expose ourselves to the risk of losing our memory of what the Lord has...

  • The Epiphany of the Lord: Faith is a homecoming

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 60, 1-6;  Ephesians 3, 2-3.5-6; Matthew 2, 1-12. In our talk about faith and God, we tend to be too reductive and almost fundamentalist. We think of God as a God of Christians and different from the God of others, and we...

  • ‘Time is greater than space’

    ‘Time is greater than space’

    The first days of the new year are ripe to contemplate Pope Francis’s dictum for personal and communal flourishing: “Time is greater than space” (Evangelii gaudium, 222-225). Awareness of individual need and limitation compels us to conquer...

  • Quotes and news

    During an audience with members of the Italian Theological Association, Pope Francis said: “There is a need for a theology that helps all Christians to announce and to demonstrate, above all, the saving face of God, the merciful God, especially in...

  • The Holy Family - Family: The way forward

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiasticus 3,2-6.12-14; Colossians 3,12-21; Luke 2,22-40. The family is the natural nucleus to which we all ultimately belong. For centuries this nucleus was very defined culturally and theologically and it constituted an...

  • 2018 – Souls anchored in hope

    2018 – Souls anchored in hope

    In Psalm 31:23-24, the psalmist winds up with a short burst of song, in which on the grounds of his own experience, his heart goes out to others: “Love the Lord all His faithful people! The Lord preserves those who are true to Him, but the proud...

  • Quotes and news

    In his homily during Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, Pope Francis said: “Christmas is a time for turning the power of fear into the power of charity, into power for a new imagination of charity. The charity that does not grow accustomed to...

  • Fourth Sunday of Advent: In the depths of the human heart

    Today’s readings: 2 Samuel 7, 1-5. 8-12. 14.16; Romans 16, 25-27; Luke 1, 26-38. On this Christmas, as it transpires from today’s Scriptures, it is Mary’s obedience of faith that we celebrate as a catalyst of change in the entire history of mankind.

  • Christmas: moving downwards

    Christmas: moving downwards

    Christmas challenges us to move down. As Ron Rolheiser puts it, Christmas invites us to investigate the small, to de­scend. Because this is what God did in the Incarnation. He emptied Himself, taking on the form of a slave. He became small, a...

  • Quotes and news

    During a recent audience with members of the Italian Periodical Press Union and the Italian Federation of Catholic Weeklies, Pope Francis said: “You have a task or rather a mission, among the most important in today’s world: to inform correctly,...

  • Third Sunday of Advent: Letting the light in

    Isaiah 61, 1-2.10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5, 16-24; John 1, 6-8.19-28. The Jesus who was born in Bethlehem belongs to humanity, not to the Church. Christmas has a universal dimension that we cannot nail down to our religious devotions or even to a...