• 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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  • Holy Restlessness

    Christine Galea

    Recently, during one of his brief reflections during midday mass, the University Chaplain brought up a concept which he referred to as ‘holy restlessness’.  He offered us some beautiful insights on the human soul and quoted Saint Augustine, who is famous for declaring that our hearts are restless until they ...

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  • New Beginnings

    Christine Galea

    Every 31 December, as the year comes to a close, I generally find myself reflecting upon how my year has gone and what I’m looking forward to in the coming months.  Yet no matter how hard I try to envisage what lies ahead, I must admit that every new year ...

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  • ‘Tis the season to be jolly… or is it?

    Christine Galea

    One of the most popular Christmas carols is a Welsh melody, dating back to the sixteenth century, called “Deck the Halls”. I was very surprised to discover that originally, carols were dances and not songs. The tune would have been used as a setting for the dance, and singers would ...

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  • Honour thy father and thy mother

    Christine Galea

    Growing older seems to be taking its toll on my younger, somewhat rebellious, self! Not that I ever was very troublesome in my coming-of-age years (if one excludes a consistent tendency to speak my mind too plainly and my insistence upon having things my way!). Besides, there is no denying ...

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  • From ‘doing’ human to ‘being’ human

    Christine Galea

    Recently I came across a very interesting book by American author John Bradshaw.  One of the quotes which really grabbed my attention was “we are human BEings and not human DOings”.   This led me to reflect upon how important it is to keep our priorities in order and on the ...

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  • How much is too much?

    Christine Galea

    We might as well face it… the wedding season is in full swing! Indeed, May and June are reputed to be two of the most popular months for couples to tie the knot. And why not? The weather is normally absolutely beautiful during late Spring and the scorching summer heat ...

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  • “Ajma!”

    Christine Galea

    It’s one of those Maltese interjections that are frustratingly impossible to translate accurately into the English language.  Not only. Even in our own language, it takes on a myriad of meanings, depending upon the tone in which it is expressed.   One could say that, in its simplest form, spoken in ...

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  • And the Oscar goes to…

    Christine Galea

    This weekend, movie fans witnessed the biggest error in the history of the Oscars, when the musical film, ‘La La Land’ was mistakenly announced as the best-picture, instead of the actual winner, the coming-of-age drama ‘Moonlight’.   In fact, the producers of the musical were already deep into their victory speeches ...

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