Forming relationships

Matthew Pulis

Spadaro dedicates a section to the log-in/log-off mentality which might affect the initiation within a community. Since this distinction between the logged in and logged out is very often not found, with most users keeping their accounts logged in at all times, Spadaro’s preoccupation doesn’t hold ground nowadays. However, the risk of one seeing the faith as an application installed in his mashup of applications, ...

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Re-defining space… and the local church

Matthew Pulis

Due to the physical barrier, the Web imparts confidence, permitting us to take personas which we would normally shy away from. “Cyberspace is, to paraphrase McLuhan, a place that is emotively hot, and not technologically frozen as some are tempted to imagine.”[1] Spadaro’s reflection on the internet is spot on, however he sees disconnection from the Net as a possibility. “Certainly, it is enough to ...

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agara’s going to Lesotho!

agara

Yep! You’ve read correctly. After successful projects in Kenya, Calais, Lebanon and Romania, agara’s heading to South Africa, more specifically the Kingdom of Lesotho from the 3rd up to the 19th of August 2018. Lesotho (the ‘Mountain Kingdom’) is an enclaved territory within southern Africa, just like San Marino and the Vatican are enclaved within Italy. It is made up mostly of highlands where many ...

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Is God a Master algorithm?

Matthew Pulis

Spadaro is of the idea that the “’googlization’ of the faith is impossible because it is false.”[1] I guess Spadaro here is still thinking with a Web 1.0 mind-set, and lacks to see the power of social media, especially adults aged 18-34, of whom 95% would be following brands via social networking. It is true that over 60% of the people double check before buying ...

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A lesson learnt from Mafia victims

Mariella Catania

The Italian media is well known for often airing films, series, and even whole seasons of stories (true or fictitious) that revolve around the Sicilian Mafia.  Back in the 80s, I remember my parents watching ‘La Piovra’, and as I grew older I joined them in watching similar films whenever these were shown. As is/was the case with films about the Jewish Holocaust, stories of ...

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Holy Restlessness

Christine Galea

Recently, during one of his brief reflections during midday mass, the University Chaplain brought up a concept which he referred to as ‘holy restlessness’.  He offered us some beautiful insights on the human soul and quoted Saint Augustine, who is famous for declaring that our hearts are restless until they find rest in God.  But Fr Mark went beyond merely the religious sphere, and explained ...

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The Human Being: Decoder and Search Engine for God

Matthew Pulis

God reveals himself “as he who seeks a profound relationship with man, which implies heart, mind, and strength.”[1] The receiver of the revelation has always been described as hearer of the Word, however Spadaro comments that the listening activity became the soundtrack to everything we make. Surely it is not an “action of obedience (ob audire), but of accompaniment, which does not give meaning but ...

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Servant Leadership

Mark Galea

Leadership is challenging to define, since there are many definitions. How would I define leadership? Leadership is about loving God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and loving neighbor. This definition is based on the Christian perspective, with all due respect to other faiths. Leadership is also about serving the people. It is not what your country can do for you, but what ...

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Is-Seħta u l-Iskunġrar

Għaqda tal-Malti Università

L-inklinazzjoni ta’ kull poplu lejn fenomeni sopranaturali li jagħtuh xi għamla ta’ sigurtà f’mumenti diffiċli hija sentiment qadim li jinsab f’kull kultura. Fost oħrajn, Bronislaw Malinowski joffri l-esperjenza personali tiegħu bħala xhieda tal-funzjoni psikoloġikament terapewtika ta’ kelmiet imlissna fi ħdan komunità vulnerabbli quddiem il-forzi ħżiena tan-natura (Sex, Culture and Myth 189).  Il-versi ta’ seħta u dawk li jiskunġraw kienu u f’xi każijiet għadhom, iservu lill-komunità ...

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How is your prayer life?

Pyt Farrugia

“How is your prayer life?” sounds like a simple enough question but it can be surprisingly difficult to answer. It is an invitation to think about the time we take to talk with God, and to consider where we are in our relationship with God at this moment in our lives. For those of us who cultivate an active spiritual life, prayer is an objective ...

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