The erosion of the work/life balance

Andre Debattista

The culture of dependency is becoming a dominant feature of contemporary society. Economic crises puts pressure on both the labour market and the provision of welfare services. As uncertainty increases, many are becoming dependent on institutions over which they have no control. Some may be totally dependent on social security; others on their jobs. Both areas are increasingly volatile. Governments are facing pressures to downsize ...

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6 months on and the journey continues

Anton D'Amato

6 months have passed since zuntier.com was launched on November 6 2012 during an GhST event at the St. James Cavalier entitled “We don’t need no religion”. Such a title from the theology students’ organisation stirred up a lot of interest, in fact the event was very well attended, and the debate during was a very healthy one. We had asked Fr Joe Borg (no ...

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Bruno Mars meets Bernini in Heaven

Sinclair Bugeja

Sex and heaven appear to pertain to two distinct and irreconcilable realms. Yet Bruno Mars seems to remain unperturbed in mentioning both four times in his 300-word song ‘Locked out of Heaven’. To the scrupulous, the refrain “your sex takes me to paradise” might sound inappropriate if not downright offensive. Nevertheless I think the proposition shouldn’t be taken lightly and can indeed provide us with a ...

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In search of silence

Anton D'Amato

I uploaded the draft of this post a week ago, but never had I imagined I would find myself reflecting, in silence, about the loss of someone I knew fondly and whose loss will be felt so much. It was simply waiting for publication, thinking to myself whether I should write about something else. Then on Sunday the news went viral and I simply added ...

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A humorous moral(e)

Nadia Delicata

“All jokes are grievances” claimed the media guru Marshall McLuhan… or, if I dare improve on the Master’s kernel of wisdom, “Good jokes are grievances.”   A sobering thought to begin a post on humour… but to prove my point that ROTFL kind-of-jokes are really thinly-veiled gripes against perceived wrongs, I did a quick Google search and came up with a handful of “best” gags, ...

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A day without laughter is a day wasted

Rosienne Farrugia

I must say that writing about ‘Humour’ is not easy. The first thing that passed through my mind was ‘What is there to write about… except maybe give a definition which anyone can find for themselves in a dictionary?’ So I looked the word up in a dictionary – in various dictionaries actually – hoping for inspiration. And all definitions I found included, as one ...

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Humour is a state of mind

Angele Galea

I had just started my first day at secondary school, when it hit me. I remember very clearly the moment I thought to myself “ I’m going to make these girls laugh so they’ll like me and become my friends”. Great wisdom at age 10, I think. It worked, so I relaxed into a conversation with my soon-to-be BFFs. Now I’m a firm believer in the power of laughter. I use ...

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What believers and non-believers should have in common

Christian Colombo

Recently, I attended a talk about “faith and reason” given by a prominent Maltese theologian (for whom I have the utmost respect). Typical of him, he was excellent in the delivery and technicality of his talk. What I did not like about it though, was the emphasis on “us and them”, believers and non-believers. I was probably the only non-believer in the room and so ...

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An app for everything… The Bible too!

Stefan Buttigieg

The revolution that has happened in our daily lives when it comes to mobile technology in the last few decades has been unprecedented. We used to carry mobile phones whose main role was to receive,send SMS and for calling. We are now in the era of smartphones we have the potential to carry with us the whole body of human knowledge. The concepts of ‘apps’ ...

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If Jesus did not laugh, can we?

David Cilia

“Jesus did not laugh!” was the conviction of my former Seminary Rector, and he was serious about it and had always a sober demeanor to prove it!  On the other hand my great uncle priest, who died at 91 years of age, had no qualms about sharing a good laugh or seeking the company of persons with a pronounced sense of humor.  I took after ...

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