• A lesson learnt from Mafia victims

    Mariella Catania

    The Italian media is well known for often airing films, series, and even whole seasons of stories (true or fictitious) that revolve around the Sicilian Mafia.  Back in the 80s, I remember my parents watching ‘La Piovra’, and as I grew older I joined them in watching similar films whenever ...

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  • The Human Being: Decoder and Search Engine for God

    Matthew Pulis

    God reveals himself “as he who seeks a profound relationship with man, which implies heart, mind, and strength.”[1] The receiver of the revelation has always been described as hearer of the Word, however Spadaro comments that the listening activity became the soundtrack to everything we make. Surely it is not ...

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  • Is-Seħta u l-Iskunġrar

    Għaqda tal-Malti Università

    L-inklinazzjoni ta’ kull poplu lejn fenomeni sopranaturali li jagħtuh xi għamla ta’ sigurtà f’mumenti diffiċli hija sentiment qadim li jinsab f’kull kultura. Fost oħrajn, Bronislaw Malinowski joffri l-esperjenza personali tiegħu bħala xhieda tal-funzjoni psikoloġikament terapewtika ta’ kelmiet imlissna fi ħdan komunità vulnerabbli quddiem il-forzi ħżiena tan-natura (Sex, Culture and Myth ...

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  • Mute: The unsaid words speaking volumes about our society

    Sara Zingariello

    I am a firm believer in the power and relevance of the unspoken narrative. In many situations, I find myself listening for the volumes of experience that people do not put words to. The hidden intentions behind every action; the buried emotion in every story; the stark reality we choose ...

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  • An Elegy for Nostalgia

    Andrew Camilleri

    I’m not an old man, yet I still find myself slipping into the golden moments of my past. Smells, locations but most frequently songs will transport me instantly to cherished memories with an intensity that is overwhelming. Interestingly the memories, always seem to end in the bittersweet feeling of missing ...

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  • Il-Makkjetta: Riċetta Maltija għall-Buri u l-Geddum

    Għaqda tal-Malti Università

    Għalkemm il-makkjetta x’aktarx bdiet lejn l-aħħar tas-seklu dsatax u l-bidu tas-seklu għoxrin, u għadha teżisti sal-lum il-ġurnata, qatt ma kienet intefgħet attenzjoni diretta fuqha u ġiet studjata mill-qrib. B’hekk ġara li ħafna materjal fuqha u fuq l-esponenti tagħha diġà ntilef, u dan kompla joħloq ritratt imċajpar tal-makkjetta minħabba n-nuqqas ta’ ...

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  • Superhero Theology

    Fr Mark Cachia sj

    I’m a Jesuit priest. And I love superhero films. I love them because of the action, the nerve-wracking twists and turn, the spectacular special effects. But I also love them because more often than not, they reveal to us, under the guise of a modern day parable, a portion of ...

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  • Why do I attend the Byzantine Divine Liturgy

    Jesmond Schembri

    I would like to share with you some reflections about why I have been attending regularly for the Byzantine Divine Liturgy for these past months. My intention is not to compare this particular liturgy to any other rite but to highlight those aspects in the Byzantine liturgy which I came ...

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  • Present amid the obstacles

    Pietre Vive Malta

    Shady alleyways, dire straits, and despair. The latter state is shown through Caravaggio’s ‘Madonna of the Rosary’ where some of the potential obstacles in one’s path of life are manifest. Albeit being found in Vienna, this work was originally intended for St Dominic’s Church in Naples. The often disregarded bleak ...

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  • When Santa meets Scrooge

    Jean Claude Attard

    Both Santa Claus and Ebenezer Scrooge seem to be ever more characteristic of our times. Santa is bubbly, he prizes the conformists, and he is overtly commercial. Scrooge, on the other hand, is lonely, he celebrates himself, and he is utterly boring. Think about gatherings. We seldom give each other ...

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