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 our undivided attention because we constantly check our smartphone and our Facebook account, convinced that ...

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‘Tis the season to be jolly… or is it?

Christine Galea

One of the most popular Christmas carols is a Welsh melody, dating back to the sixteenth century, called “Deck the Halls”. I was very surprised to discover that originally, carols were dances and not songs. The tune would have been used as a setting for the dance, and singers would compete with each other to compose the lyrics, impromptu. Eventually carols became separated from the ...

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The world has lost the true meaning of Christmas and we Christians are the ones to blame

Fr Gilbert Scicluna

As anything else in our society, Christmas has lost its proper meaning. It has been uprooted from its religious terrain in the name of inclusion and pluralism, which is neither inclusive nor pluralistic as it denigrates at least one faith and culture: the Christian one. Of course, in a confused culture like ours, where faith and culture are intertwined in a marriage of convenience—that is, ...

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Human 1.5

Matthew Pulis

Lovheim and Linderman speak of the easiness of noting how such shaping of people’s identity and particularly the digital natives is taking place.[1] Prensky goes further. He speaks of all people finding “digital Wisdom” together. The homo sapiens becomes the homo sapiens digital, who searches for wisdom through the digital. “Some of that evolution will arise from the breadth of resources available to the wisdom ...

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And The Award Goes To…

agara

Over the past few days, there has been a lot of clamour on the news that Malta’s Prime Minister’s wife, Michelle Muscat, was awarded the title of National Volunteer of the Year award. Reactions varied from a general sense of outrage especially by those who devote all their time to volunteering, to irony (I even came across an edited photo of Michelle Muscat’s face instead ...

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Sharing files and sharing lives

Matthew Pulis

When speaking of sharing, Spadaro uses the Web 2.0 model. He speaks of the risk of falling into a sort of ideology of the Web. From this model sprouts the reflection of Cybertheology. George gathered four definitions of this term: (i) a theology of the meanings of social communication; (ii) pastoral reflection on how to communicate the Gospel through the Web; (iii) a phenomenological map ...

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It-Taqbil tat-Tfal

Għaqda tal-Malti Università

X’inhi taqbila? F’kelma waħda, it-taqbil tat-tfal hu fergħa tat-tradizzjoni orali li tikkonsisti minn għadd ta’ versi li tipikament jingħadu jew jitkantaw mit-tfal jew lit-tfal għall-gost inkella waqt xi logħba. Il-letteratura orali tgħaddi minn ġenerazzjoni għall-oħra permezz tal-fomm, u bis-saħħa t’hekk it-taqbil tat-tfal baqa’ ħaj sal-lum. Din it-tip ta’ letteratura minn dejjem kienet preżenti. B’mod partikolari, meta l-lingwa ma kinitx tinkiteb. L-ewwel tip ta’ letteratura li ...

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The road to conversion

Matthew Pulis

Following last week’s article, we see Spadaro proceeding to compare the saving of a file with the salvation of a soul. He notes that our understanding of saving a file prohibits us from starting afresh, which a theological understanding outlines.[1] A metanoia is not particularly possible in the digital world, since whatever is shared, remains. This digital world which he describes, which I’d like to ...

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Fully alive and fully human

Jean Govè

The past few weeks have seen an alarming amount of men accused of sexual misconduct across the globe; from Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, to comedian Louis C.K., to a host of politicians from Washington to Westminster. The hashtag #MeToo trended worldwide on social media and gave a voice to countless women who came forward and opened up on their experiences of sexual harassment. It is ...

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