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  • 30th Sunday in ordinary time: Love, the soul of the city

    Today’s readings: Exodus 22, 20-26; 1 Thessalonians 1, 5-10; Matthew 22, 34-40. When France was perpetrating acts of violence against the inhabitants of its colonies, Albert Camus wrote: “I wish that I lived in a country where it was possible to...

  • A corrupt soul breeds indifference

    A corrupt soul breeds indifference

    On Monday, October 16, 2017, the Maltese psyche shook, splitting to its core. A nation’s soul is revealed in the way it treats its victims. There can hardly be a more palpable victim than the one intentionally blasted into burnt pieces of flesh.

  • Quotes and news

    The Catholic bishops of Nicaragua said that the country is going to municipal elections next Sunday without solving the problems they had highlighted in their statement of September 26, 2012 . The bishops appealed to the people to vote and become...

  • 29th Sunday in ordinary time: First, good citizenship

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 45, 1.4-6; Thessalonians 1, 1-5; Matthew 22, 15-21. The divide between religion and politics, Church and society, has been commonplace since the inception of Christianity as a movement impacting on society and on the...

  • ‘The poor will always be with you’

    ‘The poor will always be with you’

    We are inclined to think that poverty is often self-inflicted through the sluggish behaviour of people who lack initiative to pull themselves out of the poverty margins, who are only interested in exploiting social benefits dished out of the...

  • Quotes and news

    The persecution of Christians is worse than at any time in history, according to a new report issued on October 12. The report, entitled ‘Persecuted and Forgotten?’ concludes that the persecution of Christians 2015-17 reached its highest ever...

  • 28th Sunday in ordinary time: The standpoint changes the perspective

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 25,6-10; Philippians 4,12-14.19-20; Matthew 22,1-14. The Scriptures today reflect the epochal change under way in our times. We, the Christian West, always thought we are the centre of God’s universe, while other peoples...

  • The joy of simplicity

    The joy of simplicity

    The first week of October brought with it the religious feast of St Francis of Assisi – the saint who chose the way of poverty and simplicity and in doing so, inspired generations of people of goodwill. Eight centuries after his death, the...

  • Quotes and news

    ‘May the voice of Jesus return in Europe’ was the theme of the final message of the plenary assembly of the Council of European Bishops Conferences (CCEE). The conference gathered in Minsk, Belarus, from September 27-October 1 and relaunched the...

  • 27th Sunday in ordinary time: The architecture of life

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 5, 1-7; Philippians 4, 6-9; Matthew 21, 33-43. ‘Aesthetics’ is a branch of philosophy that explores the nature of art, beauty and taste. It is related to our capacity of judgement where sentiment and taste are concerned.

  • Enemies of the people

    Enemies of the people

    A transformation of European culture has been taking place since the end of World War II, little by little at first; at a much faster pace lately. Many Europeans have abandoned Christianity and its values to embrace secularism. Secularism is to be...

  • Quotes and news

    Last Sunday, Pope Francis conducted a pastoral visit to Cesena and Bologna. The following are quotes from some of his speeches: The 3 Ps of the Pope In his homily at the Dall’Ara Stadium of Bologna, the Pope said: “‘Parola’, the Word, the compass...

  • 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...