By force of habit

Jean Govè

In “The Republic,” Plato proposed the analogy of the human soul and the State. He held that the State should be a reflection of the soul – and its final and primary aim was the attainment of the virtue of justice. Last Monday’s events speak volumes on the soul of our State. And on the state of our soul. Before proceeding further, I should like ...

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How to be broken

Matt Urpani

It seems that suffering has been a theme of late. My community has been reflecting on endurance and perseverance for the last month, the recent developments with Black Monday and its aftermath, events such as the Vegas shooting in the US, a seeming rise in articles such as the one posted here. I’ve even been reading A Grief​ ​ Observed​. All of this has caused ...

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To educators

Maria Vella

We live in dark times, fellow educator. By educator, I am referring to you parents; you who live next door to someone; you who work with people; and especially you, who are a teacher. In this letter I am not judging what a journalist has done and how she carried out her work. I am concerned for many other reasons. Someone has been assassinated. Someone ...

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Just when we think it cannot get worse…

Sara Zingariello

… it does. There are no answers, just more questions. I sit here, writing this reflection just hours after a terrible event has reshaped our identity. We are not the same people we were yesterday, or perhaps we are but we can no longer hide behind a wall and pretend things are better. A car bomb; a journalist; a life ended; a voice silenced. A ...

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At a loss

Jean Claude Attard

Losses take different shapes and forms. It is when trying to make sense of these losses that we come at a loss for both words and, perhaps, even meaning. Muted and dreary as we are, we ask questions about ourselves we cannot answer (Why me? Why now? What is the point of this? Where is God in all of this?) when we can ask a ...

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Lil min tassew qed naqdu?

Fr Michael Bugeja

Meta spiċċajt minn kappillan San Ġużepp Ħaddiem Birkirkara, kien hemm min iddispjaċih u kien hemm ħafna iktar li ħadu r-ruħ. Fost dawn tal-aħħar kien hemm min straħ tassew li fl-aħħar seta’ jċapċap fil-knisja għax iċ-ċapċip fil-Knejjes ma narahx f’postu. Kemm-il darba, minħabba f’hekk, kien jerġa’ jibda jberren f’moħħi il-ħsieb li jiena stramb (sal-lum għadni konvint li jien) sakemm darba ltqajt ma’ Patri Karmelitan t’età venerabbli ...

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Turning Grape Juice into Wine

Dr Andrew Camilleri

I have never been able to go up a flight of steps without needing a moment to catch my breath. One particular year I decided that not only would I get fit but that I would run a half marathon. Going against a sea of naysayers including my own self-doubts I crossed the finishing line. That moment changed my life. It made me realize that ...

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Choices

Matt Urpani

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? Most of us are familiar with this job interview cliché. Will you be moving up to that executive position in the firm? Buying your first house? Married with a kid on the way? Personally, I’ve always struggled with projecting what lies ahead in my near future, and each time it’s always been, inevitably, wrong. Very wrong. ...

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Vanity of vanities, all is vanity

Pietre Vive Malta

The title is an old testament quotation (Ecclesiastes 1:2) offering the foundations for a type of painting called vanitas. These essentially consist of still life paintings which flourished in the Netherlands throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth century. The aim of such paintings was to deliver a morally-driven message by putting a distinction between objects symbolising mortality and those symbolising worldly pleasure. One of the pioneers ...

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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 that since my days of early motherhood, which were characterised by a strong sense of ...

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