Do I Really Know?

Antoine Azzopardi

Flipping through the pages of a new book I have just bought, I breathe in the new knowledge I am about to take in. But truly, is it knowledge or is it just what I already know and thus an exercise in revision? Does life teach me or does life remind me? Do I learn new things in life, or do I learn to apply my knowledge? ...

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Find Another Name for chastity!

David Cilia

“Chastity” has been made a derided word by the sexual revolution.  It became associated with an arcane concept in religion with little relevance to the modern hedonistic society.  It came to represent sexual repression, guilt trips, fear from sex, domination of others by controlling their sexuality, etc.  People just shrug it away.  My contention, then, is that we should start using a new word for ...

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Sex? Sells!

Anton D'Amato

Indeed it does, and it does really well. The first to understand the potentiality of using sex in business was Ernest Ditcher in the 1930s, an Austrian psychologist and a follower of Freud, known as father of Motivational Research. His studies focused on a basic question “why do people buy what they buy?” Few if any could give an answer to this question. It may ...

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Manifestos should Address the Right Issues

Bernard Micallef

After hours of watching political debates and reading numerous newspaper articles, I came to ask a simple question – what is it that this country is building its future on? The foundations, which are embedded in our history, should be central in electoral manifestos and should be tackled in this campaign to offer a direction towards where this society is heading for in the next ...

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Les Miserables: Small Acts of Kindness

Arnold Mugliett

“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. The great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved ...

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Rainbow Politics

Fr Blake

Rainbows are genuinely captivating…contrast that to a sky full of dark clouds. The air feels damp, soon enough rain drops begin to fall. Soon the drops become a sheet of rain ruining your outdoor activities. But, as you turn to seek shelter, the sun breaks through the clouds. A feeling of excitement runs through you because you realize that rain plus sun equals a rainbow. ...

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First Time Voters

SDM

Throughout the last few months, a constant barrage of political material has dominated the local arena. Even though this phenomenon takes place every five years in what has become part of an unavoidable campaign to influence voters, political messages have taken an entirely new dimension this year, with online political adverts becoming the order of the day besides the traditional billboard on every street, political ...

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Getting what We Deserve

Rosienne Farrugia

We’re two thirds of the way through an electoral campaign and everyone everywhere is constantly talking about elections. So much so, that most people (I mean everyone but I am acknowledging that there are exceptions to every rule), are sick to death of hearing about elections. I am guessing that most of those following this blog fit into this category. But thinking about elections made ...

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Ratzinger’s Lesson to our Politicians

Nadia Delicata

The news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation sent shock waves on- and offline. In general, the world was awed at the humility of the man who dared to acknowledge personal frailty and poverty of body and mind brought about by the natural processes of old age. In a culture embarrassed by weakness, afraid of physical frailty and obsessed with reversing the consequences of time on ...

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Some Catholic Circles look down on Eros

Mgr Charles J. Scicluna

The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual persons are called to the love of chaste friendship. They are called to the union of friendship. They are not called to the union of marriage because marriage is not simply any union between any two persons. Marriage is the permanent union between one man and one woman who are called to become one flesh in the mutual gift ...

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