Mixja ma’ Kristu bħala persuna LGBTIQ

Drachma

Forsi minħabba t-trobbija tagħna, ħafna minna jaħsbu li l-ispiritwalità u s–sesswalità huma għedewwa ta’ xulxin. Nażżarda ngħid li għal min jaqa’ taħt l-ispektrum tar-realtà gay din it-taqtigħa taf tkun aktar qawwija, speċjalment għal dawk li għadhom jaħsbu li l-imħabba bejn raġel u raġel, jew mara u mara, hi ħażina. Fil-każ tiegħi, li trabbejt bħala Kattoliku, fejn l-identità tiegħi bħala nisrani kienet, u għadha importanti ħafna, ...

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A Red Camel

MarieLou Camilleri

A red camel. Yepp, that’s the first thing my eyes see through my thick glasses´ lenses when I sit down at my office desk.  It’s a sort of play mobile toy which my colleagues gave me on my first day at work.  They said it would be my mascot. It’s cute. Red… but cute. Speaking of colleagues, we all kind of have them. They are ...

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One Pound Camera

Joanna Demarco

In 2014 I came across a cardboard box full of point and shoot cameras selling for £1 each at a carboot sale in London. I picked a grey, chunky Canon one out of the box, which I’m guessing was made some time in the 90’s.  I bought it thoughtlessly, and in fact, did not use it. It remained cornered in my drawer for a few ...

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Becoming Who You Are, Part 3

Ian Diacono

God has made each of us uniquely ourselves, and holiness consists of discovering the true self, the person we are before God, accepting that person, and becoming a saint in the process. Everyone’s true self is a unique creation of God’s, and the way to sanctity is to become the unique self that God wishes us to be. The earliest example of the variety of ...

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Becoming Who You Are, Part 2

Ian Diacono

In his book New Seeds of Contemplation, Merton wrote “Every one of us is shadowed by an illusory person: the false self.” Merton identifies the false self as the person that we wish to present to the world, and the person we want the whole world to revolve around. God desires for us to be the persons we were created to be: to be simply ...

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Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway

Pietre Vive

As the speed of living increases, we often find ourselves rushing through our various experiences. The painting Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway by William Turner depicts a laceration of the lush English countryside by the great new railway which connected major cities across the country. The rail is not just a new, faster and a more effective means of travel to new ...

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Becoming Who You Are, Part 1

Ian Diacono

I recently read a book by James Martin, SJ. His book titled ‘Becoming Who You Are’ gives its reader insights on living the True Self from Thomas Merton and other saints. In this book Martin, SJ immediately sets the pace by quoting the most famous phrase the Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, wrote in his book New Seeds of Contemplation. “For me to be a saint ...

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Can an AI love me?

Matthew Pulis

Artificial intelligence is beginning to leave its mark on entire industries from finance to medicine. Yet the most revolutionary application has yet to arrive—and it’s an existential one. As thinking machines continue to evolve, we need to start redefining humanity, and thus, personal relationships. Or as Kurzweil foresees, is it us who will become “entirely artificial”? Kurzweil extends Teilhard de Chardin’s theory of a merger ...

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Gallettina waħda

Warren Busuttil

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” – Madre Tereża Niftakar li meta kont bdejt naqra l-ħajja ta’ din il-qaddisa, dawn il-kliem kienu baqgħu mmarkati f’moħħi, tant li dak il-ħin qbadt lapes u ħażżist fuq il-ktieb li kelli… ħaġa li mhux ...

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The ‘I want it all’ Syndrome

John Paul Cauchi

It is clear to all that as time goes by and the general level of wealth of the Maltese increases (I’m not commenting about the increasing wealth gap here as that deserves a post on its own ) we Maltese are becoming more… shall we say daring in what we want and demand not only in terms of service and quality (roads please) but also ...

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