• The Evolution of Marriage

    Nadia Delicata

    Marriage certainly isn’t what it used to be. From polygamy to a contract between future-husband and father-of-blushing-bride-to-be, it was (in some places, still is) patriarchy’s way of guaranteeing legitimate heirs to men and rubbed off social status to women. It is a relatively recent phenomenon that something as capricious as ...

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  • Dialogue on zuntier: beyond “beliefs”

    Nadia Delicata

    It’s been almost a year since I was invited to enter and participate in this space called zuntier. I accepted the invitation because it promised to allow for “encounter”… indeed for that elusive reality of authentic exchange called “dialogue”. I also believed it was significant that the welcoming space was ...

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  • The joy of wasting time

    Nadia Delicata

    A favourite cliché among churchgoers and non-churchgoers alike (and yes, since I use the word “church” I am primarily referring to Christians… though I suspect, brothers and sisters of other religious traditions might very well empathize!) is that the Sunday mass, service, liturgy or otherwise can be… ahem… a “waste ...

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  • Church after Rio

    Nadia Delicata

    In 1997, at the Journées mondiales de la jeunesse (JMJ) Paris, I had my first experience of “world church” and the world hasn’t seemed the same since. Unlike most at Rio 2013, I admit mine was not exactly a typical experience of pilgrimage. Instead, as delegate of an international youth ...

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  • A tribalism of fear

    Nadia Delicata

    “Who among us … has wept for the deaths of these brothers and sisters? Who has wept for the people who were on the boat? For the young mothers carrying their babies? For these men who wanted something to support their families? We are a society that has forgotten the ...

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  • Good or bad? We’re too cool for that!

    Nadia Delicata

    As I browsed through the boards of Pinterest followers, this gem by Oscar Wilde caught my attention: “It is absurd to divide people into good or bad. People are either charming or tedious.” – Oscar Wilde I couldn’t help but smile, since in our times, we most certainly do tend ...

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  • While stuck in traffic

    Nadia Delicata

    Like many who make our abode on these islands of ours, I spend a good chunk of my day stuck in traffic. Traffic, and how I behave in its midst, defines me as a Maltese resident. It alters my moods; it exhausts me unnecessarily; it impoverishes my quality of life. ...

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  • A humorous moral(e)

    Nadia Delicata

    “All jokes are grievances” claimed the media guru Marshall McLuhan… or, if I dare improve on the Master’s kernel of wisdom, “Good jokes are grievances.”   A sobering thought to begin a post on humour… but to prove my point that ROTFL kind-of-jokes are really thinly-veiled gripes against perceived wrongs, ...

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  • Retrieving “carnal” love

    Nadia Delicata

    Few words sound as archaic as “chastity.” For that very reason, few words have as great a potential to be retrieved as powerful symbols, as “chastity.” Yet before the embarrassing cliché of chastity as “sexual deprivation” and “anemic innocence” becomes once more the heroic quest for “self”-control praised by the ...

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  • A Pope for the Social Network

    Nadia Delicata

    Together with millions around the world, I rushed to the most nearby screen as the two words flooded social media: white smoke! Together with millions I waited anxiously to get a first glimpse at the face of the Catholic Church for today and the years to come. Together with millions, ...

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