• The ending we already know

    Pietre Vive Malta

    “Sing, O muse, the anger of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans.” This is Homer’s powerful opening verse of the Iliad – the epic built around the ten-year siege of Troy. In a few words, it tells us plenty about the nature of anger. It ...

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  • A familiar stranger

    Dr Andrew Camilleri

    I hate it when it rains. It’s not the rain in itself that irritates me. It’s the fact that everything seems to go slower. Cars are more cautious, traffic jams are the order of the day and the buses. The buses never arrive, and when they do they are overflowing ...

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  • By force of habit

    Jean Govè

    In “The Republic,” Plato proposed the analogy of the human soul and the State. He held that the State should be a reflection of the soul – and its final and primary aim was the attainment of the virtue of justice. Last Monday’s events speak volumes on the soul of ...

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  • How to be broken

    Matt Urpani

    It seems that suffering has been a theme of late. My community has been reflecting on endurance and perseverance for the last month, the recent developments with Black Monday and its aftermath, events such as the Vegas shooting in the US, a seeming rise in articles such as the one ...

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  • To educators

    Maria Vella

    We live in dark times, fellow educator. By educator, I am referring to you parents; you who live next door to someone; you who work with people; and especially you, who are a teacher. In this letter I am not judging what a journalist has done and how she carried ...

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  • Just when we think it cannot get worse…

    Sara Zingariello

    … it does. There are no answers, just more questions. I sit here, writing this reflection just hours after a terrible event has reshaped our identity. We are not the same people we were yesterday, or perhaps we are but we can no longer hide behind a wall and pretend ...

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  • At a loss

    Jean Claude Attard

    Losses take different shapes and forms. It is when trying to make sense of these losses that we come at a loss for both words and, perhaps, even meaning. Muted and dreary as we are, we ask questions about ourselves we cannot answer (Why me? Why now? What is the ...

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  • Lil min tassew qed naqdu?

    Fr Michael Bugeja

    Meta spiċċajt minn kappillan San Ġużepp Ħaddiem Birkirkara, kien hemm min iddispjaċih u kien hemm ħafna iktar li ħadu r-ruħ. Fost dawn tal-aħħar kien hemm min straħ tassew li fl-aħħar seta’ jċapċap fil-knisja għax iċ-ċapċip fil-Knejjes ma narahx f’postu. Kemm-il darba, minħabba f’hekk, kien jerġa’ jibda jberren f’moħħi il-ħsieb li ...

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  • Turning Grape Juice into Wine

    Dr Andrew Camilleri

    I have never been able to go up a flight of steps without needing a moment to catch my breath. One particular year I decided that not only would I get fit but that I would run a half marathon. Going against a sea of naysayers including my own self-doubts ...

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