Becoming Who You Are, Part 2

Ian Diacono

In his book New Seeds of Contemplation, Merton wrote “Every one of us is shadowed by an illusory person: the false self.” Merton identifies the false self as the person that we wish to present to the world, and the person we want the whole world to revolve around. God desires for us to be the persons we were created to be: to be simply ...

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Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway

Pietre Vive Malta

As the speed of living increases, we often find ourselves rushing through our various experiences. The painting Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway by William Turner depicts a laceration of the lush English countryside by the great new railway which connected major cities across the country. The rail is not just a new, faster and a more effective means of travel to new ...

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Becoming Who You Are, Part 1

Ian Diacono

I recently read a book by James Martin, SJ. His book titled ‘Becoming Who You Are’ gives its reader insights on living the True Self from Thomas Merton and other saints. In this book Martin, SJ immediately sets the pace by quoting the most famous phrase the Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, wrote in his book New Seeds of Contemplation. “For me to be a saint ...

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Can an AI love me?

Matthew Pulis

Artificial intelligence is beginning to leave its mark on entire industries from finance to medicine. Yet the most revolutionary application has yet to arrive—and it’s an existential one. As thinking machines continue to evolve, we need to start redefining humanity, and thus, personal relationships. Or as Kurzweil foresees, is it us who will become “entirely artificial”? Kurzweil extends Teilhard de Chardin’s theory of a merger ...

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Gallettina waħda

Warren Busuttil

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” – Madre Tereża Niftakar li meta kont bdejt naqra l-ħajja ta’ din il-qaddisa, dawn il-kliem kienu baqgħu mmarkati f’moħħi, tant li dak il-ħin qbadt lapes u ħażżist fuq il-ktieb li kelli… ħaġa li mhux ...

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The ‘I want it all’ Syndrome

John Paul Cauchi

It is clear to all that as time goes by and the general level of wealth of the Maltese increases (I’m not commenting about the increasing wealth gap here as that deserves a post on its own ) we Maltese are becoming more… shall we say daring in what we want and demand not only in terms of service and quality (roads please) but also ...

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Why agara? Why Lebanon?


“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Gandhi. Volunteering gives you a chance to change at least one individual’s perspective to life, be it by helping physically, financially, emotionally or socially, it gives you time to build a relationship with a person who can’t always see the silver lining. Why agara? agara’s vision is the empowerment ...

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Re-awakening fallen giants

Bernard Micallef

On the 8th of March we generally celebrate Women’s Day, but this year this date will be remembered for a giant that has fallen, and a fallen giant that has been re-awakened. I am referring to the fall of one of nature’s most beautiful sites – the Azure Window, which left many Maltese saddened, and the huge historical win of Barcelona over Paris Saint-Germain which has ...

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What it means to be both Maltese and European

Dr Alfred Sant

​Fuelled by globalisation and what is partly its by-product, immigration, identity issues have again become prominent in political and social debate. They have always been close to the surface of public affairs in Europe, a continental space which in human terms, developed par excellence as a conglomerate of different, if frequently related, tribal – national if you like – societies. ​​Over the centuries, the relationships ...

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And the Oscar goes to…

Christine Galea

This weekend, movie fans witnessed the biggest error in the history of the Oscars, when the musical film, ‘La La Land’ was mistakenly announced as the best-picture, instead of the actual winner, the coming-of-age drama ‘Moonlight’.   In fact, the producers of the musical were already deep into their victory speeches when it became quite evident that something was wrong. This mistake was quite devastating for ...

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