• The hidden God

    Jean Claude Attard

    Si comprehendis, non est Deus. Whatever can be grasped as an object of comprehension cannot be God. The danger is that humans stop with the self, conflating and replacing God with the self. Coming to terms with God’s incomprehensibility is learning to accept – following the Son’s example (Philippians 2:6-8) ...

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  • Beyond Redemption?

    Christine Galea

    During the Lenten season, some of us tend to reflect more than usual upon the sacred mysteries of our Catholic faith. Many ‘R’ words, such as resurrection, repentance, renewal, redemption, spring to mind. My penchant for words and their definition led me to reveal three meanings for the word ‘redemption’. ...

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  • The Paradox of being Pope, Bishop and Church

    Nadia Delicata

    In one of his rare moments of theological speculation, the media guru Marshall McLuhan is reputed to have said that if there were only two Catholics left in the world, one of them would have to be Pope. McLuhan, a convert to Catholicism, but who was resolute that when it ...

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  • Superheroes don’t exist

    Fr Gilbert Scicluna

    Some weeks ago, I was passing through Ħal Qormi and—surprisingly—I got stuck in traffic. In that annoying half an hour of extreme frustration, I happened to pass by a billboard advertising the performance by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra of “A Hero’s Life” (Ein Heldenleben), composed by Richard Strauss. The title ...

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  • A new model

    Matthew Pulis

    Spadaro notes that the mission of the Church is not to increase its numbers but to increase the Kingdom of God. Thus, to extend his analogy of the Church as Google, it’s not only about having more nodes at the down-link side, but a bigger throughput on the uplink side. ...

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  • Patient Love

    Pietre Vive Malta

    At times we might elude ourselves into thinking that we do things perfectly. Such an outcome, however, closes us to other outcomes, leading us to disregard other things which can be important to us. This self-centered attitude stops us from undergoing conversion. At times we are not too dissimilar to ...

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  • Forming relationships

    Matthew Pulis

    Spadaro dedicates a section to the log-in/log-off mentality which might affect the initiation within a community. Since this distinction between the logged in and logged out is very often not found, with most users keeping their accounts logged in at all times, Spadaro’s preoccupation doesn’t hold ground nowadays. However, the ...

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  • Re-defining space… and the local church

    Matthew Pulis

    Due to the physical barrier, the Web imparts confidence, permitting us to take personas which we would normally shy away from. “Cyberspace is, to paraphrase McLuhan, a place that is emotively hot, and not technologically frozen as some are tempted to imagine.”[1] Spadaro’s reflection on the internet is spot on, ...

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