Beyond folklore and tradition

Andre Debattista

The festa season has a peculiar way of announcing its annual arrival. By mid-June, those who are not festa enthusiasts need to develop an immunity to the sound of fireworks, the inconvenience of traffic diversions, the stench of grease emanating from food kiosk and the rowdy revellers accompanying village bands. Festa enthusiasts will wince at my rather cynical portrayal of what they may perceive to ...

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Good or bad? We’re too cool for that!

Nadia Delicata

As I browsed through the boards of Pinterest followers, this gem by Oscar Wilde caught my attention: “It is absurd to divide people into good or bad. People are either charming or tedious.” – Oscar Wilde I couldn’t help but smile, since in our times, we most certainly do tend to blur the boundaries between “good” and “bad” and opt for the more politically correct ...

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Peter or Paul? Institution or Charism?

Paul Sciberras

Have you ever thought how Peter is the icon of the tension that exists between the institution and the charisms within the Church? His Hebrew name, Simon, is Shim‛on, meaning “the one who listens”; his Greek name, Petros, the rock, the solid institution. Throughout history there have always been tensions between the charismatic/missionary and the institutional aspects of the Church. It’s a given that the ...

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Peter & Paul!

David Cilia

The Church was born from Christ’s mandate to the apostles to go and teach all men and baptise them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  The Lord was acting through the apostles and will remain with the Church till the end of times (Mt 28, 19-20).  As we celebrate the Feast of St Peter and St Paul ...

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Why drugs?

Nigel Camilleri

Drugs, a topic which always raises eyebrows, gets people listening, rouses curiosity and which most often leads to people having a strong opinion about. What do we think the reasons for this may be? In Malta, in 1995, 2% admitted to the use of illicit drugs, in 1999 this rose to 8% and in 2003 it rose further to 11% admitting they had used illicit ...

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While reading the Sunday magazines

Silence Dogood

Whoever buys the newspaper on Sunday knows about the numerous magazines generously presented with the newspaper. Of all these, lately the Sunday Circle caught my eye. Usually I leave it on my desk and remains their till Monday when it ends up thrown away for recycling. I really loathe the fact that I am being given a magazine full of adverts dictating every area of ...

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Waste = Consumption – Enjoyment

Christian Colombo

Each time I have to take out the garbage bag I realize how much we consume… and waste! Early on in life we are repeatedly told that it is wrong to waste: “See the poor children on TV starving to death while you are wasting food?” We start feeling guilty when we consume, and even more so when we are not able to consume all ...

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Who is the refugee in Malta

Anton Falzon

Today is World Refugee Day and this made me ask myself who is a refugee and who are the refugees we are asked to remember on this day. Unfortunately certain people still pass certain comments such as ‘another boat full of those people has arrived!’, ‘Why don’t they find another place to live?.. they should go back to their country!’ Such a paradox! If they ...

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A Question of Life or Death

Charlo Camilleri

It is perhaps because I am a Carmelite, although I think there’s more to it than in just being one of the “sons of the Prophet”! Whatever the reason, the stories of Elijah in the first Book of Kings always leave a deep impact on me. For this tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time the first reading was taken from the story of Elijah and the ...

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Putting saints on pedestals

Bernard Micallef

Lately I attended a public lecture on faith and at one point an intervention from the audience questioned the importance given to saints, especially in the way Catholics seem to worship them.  The argument went around the 50th anniversary of the coronation of St. Joseph and about how can anyone coronate someone other than Jesus Christ, our God and Saviour.  For a second this made ...

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