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  • Second Sunday of Advent: The voice of hope

    Baruch 5, 1-9; Philippians 1, 4-6.8-11; Luke 3, 1-6. We are approaching yet another Christmas festive season. This is not a time to put aside what is worrying in the world and in the Church. It looks as if we are at a profound impasse. The Church...

  • A family is born

    In his homily at Santa Marta last week, Pope Francis insisted that Advent demands three attitudes: purification of memory, commitment to radical hope and vigilance for the future. Not without a hint of irony, he observed that “Christmas is not...

  • Quotes and news - December 9, 2018

    Speaking after inaugurating the ‘Candles for Peace in Syria’ Campaign, in which Pope Francis’s candle was decorated by craftsman from the Old City of Damascus, the Pope said: “Advent is a time for hope. At this time, I would like to make my own...

  • First Sunday of Advent: Becoming divine

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 33, 14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3, 12 - 4, 2; Luke 21, 25-28.34-36. The incarnation, God who became man, is at the core of Christianity, but in its meaning it extends much further than the nativity story. We need more depth...

  • Advent: The gift of genuine hope

    Advent: The gift of genuine hope

    Observe a child these days. Chocolate Advent calendars are opened diligently day by day, with mounting expectations. Lists to Santa are drawn up with coloured drawings and the glee of waiting for gifts. Eyes brighten up in toy shops. Helping hands...

  • Quotes and news - December 2, 2018

    Cardinal Sean O’Malley, head of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, recently said: “This is a critical moment for the universal Church in addressing the sexual abuse crisis. “The February meeting will be an important moment for...

  • Christ the King: The two truths

    Today’s readings: Daniel 7, 13-14; Apocalypse 1, 5-8; John 18, 33-37. In life, many a time we are confronted with two truths, the one we want to tell ourselves and the one we need to listen to. The truth we want to tell ourselves normally makes us...

  • A different king

    A different king

    A few days ago, I was at a meeting with five married couples. At one point, the discussion turned on the experience of God in daily life and I took the opportunity to ask them two blunt questions: “As couples, do you encounter God in your life?”,...

  • Quotes and news - November 25, 2018

    In a homily on November 18, Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said: “The cry of the poor: it is the stifled cry of the unborn, of starving children, of young people more used to the explosion of bombs than happy shouts of the playground. It is the cry...

  • 33rd Sunday in ordinary time: The true apocalypse

    Today’s readings: Daniel 12, 1-3; Hebrews 10, 11-14.18; Mark 13, 24-32. The coming of God’s kingdom, being so radically different from whatever we can imagine, has always been made to coincide in the Scriptures with cosmic upheaval and expressed...

  • Our youth, our future, our hope

    Our youth, our future, our hope

    Our younger generation will, at some distant point in the future, take over the reigns of society in all its diverse spheres. We often underestimate their energy, brains, imagination and talent, which can significantly fuel much-needed change in...

  • Quotes and news - November 18, 2018

    At a recent audience with participants in the plenary of the Pontifical Committee for the International Eucharistic Congresses, Pope Francis said: “In a Europe afflicted by indifference and swept by divisions and forms of rejection, Christians...

  • 32nd Sunday in ordinary time: The novelty of Jesus

    1 Kings 17, 10-16; Heb 9, 24-28; Mark 12, 38-44. Today’s gospel is the climax of St Mark’s delegitimisation of Judaism’s dominant religious class. Jesus shows how in God’s true sanctuary, everything is relative, even the authority of those who...

  • A new world economic order

    Pope Francis was clearly justified to make the economy one of his first priorities in 2013. We were experiencing the failures of the market economy and its impact on society due to the financial and debt crises, with subsequent social inequality...

  • Quotes and news - November 11, 2018

    In his Angelus last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “Jesus taught once and for all that love of God and love of neighbour are inseparable; more than that, they sustain one another. Although put in sequence, they are the two faces of a single medal:...

  • 31st Sunday in ordinary time: The essence of religion

    Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 6, 2-6; Hebrews 7, 23-28; Mark 12, 28-34. The profession of faith in God unaccompanied by its historical and horizontal dimension of love for the other renders belief alienating from real life issues. All this is at...

  • Towards a more inclusive Church

    Towards a more inclusive Church

    Practically every time I am invited to lunch by a family I am asked to say grace. Each time I decline. In the first place I feel that the inviting family is more important than myself; secondly, I believe very strongly in the principle of...

  • Quotes and news - November 4, 2018

    In their open letter to young people, the Synod Fathers wrote: “We are familiar with your inner searching, the joys and hopes, the pain and anguish that make up your longings. Now we want you to hear a word from us: we wish to be sharers in your...

  • 30th Sunday in ordinary time: Re-visioning our ministry

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 31, 7-9; Hebrews 5, 1-6; Mark 10, 46-52. Jericho was the last stop en route to the city of David, and St Mark, not accidentally, here sets the scene of Bartimaeus, the blind man, as Jesus was leaving Jericho. Strictly...

  • A Church for the future

    A Church for the future

    The writing is on the wall. Churches, seminaries and convents are becoming emptier. Respect for the Church in post-Catholic Malta is being replaced by something worse than rejection – indifference and irrelevance, even if the external trappings of...