• Freeing Expression

    Pyt Farrugia

    “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.” Abraham Lincoln, writing those words to Henry Pierce, articulated the basic fact that democracy cannot successfully function, let alone thrive and flourish, without freedom of expression. Democracy is more ...

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  • Desiring Difference

    Pyt Farrugia

    It seems to me that the human struggle to make sense of desire, both conscious and unconscious, is universal. After all, we are created in this way – we are in need of one another, irrespective of our cultural background, gender identity, sexual orientation, or systems of belief. It is ...

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  • Love was Born at Christmas

    Pyt Farrugia

    One of the things I appreciate most about the Christian faith is the special way it encourages us to understand holiness. Other traditions of faith, which very closely associate the idea of holiness with that of purity, have a tendency to maintain the strictest separation between that which is holy ...

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  • No nature please, we’re Maltese

    Pyt Farrugia

    Disfigured trees, dismembered cats, dead birds – the Maltese relationship with the natural world is outright psychotic. It’s become a static feature of the nation’s discourse, and apart from tut-tuts by media luvvies and inane Facebook appeals, precious little seems to get done. I’ve thought about this for a while ...

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  • Lumen Fidei and Nietzsche

    Pyt Farrugia

    With exams over and summer days stretching ahead of me, I’ve been eager to explore Pope Francis’ first encyclical Lumen Fidei. Drafted by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, it’s a rare and special thing to have a work created by two popes and coinciding with the announcement of the canonization of ...

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  • Re-Evangelising Malta

    Pyt Farrugia

    Maltese society needs intelligent evangelisation. To many people it’s become a sad cliche – a disruptive knock at the door and a list of platitudes addressed like some kind of sales pitch by wild eyed strangers. It’s a pamphlet delivered along with shopping catalogues and marketing dross, an all too ...

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  • Learning from the LGBT Community

    Pyt Farrugia

    Very few people today would approve of state interference in citizens’ private lives – that ship has sailed, crashed into an iceberg and happily sunk to the bottom of the deep blue sea – but in practice, when push comes to proverbial shove, there’s a lot of important decisions we’re ...

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  • Do They Know it’s Christmas in Connecticut?

    Pyt Farrugia

    Advent days are short, with the steady approach of midwinter bringing darkness and a diminution of light. And yet in the wake of last week’s tragedy in Connecticut, USA we need illumination now more than ever – a means of discerning the traces of God’s activity in our lives. People ...

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