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’. From a business point of view, it is to regain possession of something in exchange ...

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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 comes to the faith, chest thumping and acting all puffed up is not only vain ...

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Hacking into Life’s Journey: the craft and science of progress and belonging

agara

Early last year, Pope Francis called for an Episcopal Synod to take place this October, wherein several bishops from all over the world will gather to discuss concrete matters related to the youth, faith and vocational discernment. Simply stated so, however, might imply that there is some untapped universal precept to address the plethora of views, desires, beliefs or non-beliefs, issues and multiple fragmented realities ...

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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 immediately captured my interest, but I was unable to go because of pastoral commitments. So ...

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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. Spadaro proposes a new model for the Church: that of the Web. It is not ...

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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 the elder brother, behaving by the book. There is a reversal in the roles here. ...

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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 risk of one seeing the faith as an application installed in his mashup of applications, ...

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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, however he sees disconnection from the Net as a possibility. “Certainly, it is enough to ...

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agara’s going to Lesotho!

agara

Yep! You’ve read correctly. After successful projects in Kenya, Calais, Lebanon and Romania, agara’s heading to South Africa, more specifically the Kingdom of Lesotho from the 3rd up to the 19th of August 2018. Lesotho (the ‘Mountain Kingdom’) is an enclaved territory within southern Africa, just like San Marino and the Vatican are enclaved within Italy. It is made up mostly of highlands where many ...

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Is God a Master algorithm?

Matthew Pulis

Spadaro is of the idea that the “’googlization’ of the faith is impossible because it is false.”[1] I guess Spadaro here is still thinking with a Web 1.0 mind-set, and lacks to see the power of social media, especially adults aged 18-34, of whom 95% would be following brands via social networking. It is true that over 60% of the people double check before buying ...

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