Superheroes don’t exist

Fr Gilbert Scicluna

Some weeks ago, I was passing through Ħal Qormi and—surprisingly—I got stuck in traffic. In that annoying half an hour of extreme frustration, I happened to pass by a billboard advertising the performance by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra of “A Hero’s Life” (Ein Heldenleben), composed by Richard Strauss. The title immediately captured my interest, but I was unable to go because of pastoral commitments. So ...

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A new model

Matthew Pulis

Spadaro notes that the mission of the Church is not to increase its numbers but to increase the Kingdom of God. Thus, to extend his analogy of the Church as Google, it’s not only about having more nodes at the down-link side, but a bigger throughput on the uplink side. Spadaro proposes a new model for the Church: that of the Web. It is not ...

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Patient Love

Pietre Vive Malta

At times we might elude ourselves into thinking that we do things perfectly. Such an outcome, however, closes us to other outcomes, leading us to disregard other things which can be important to us. This self-centered attitude stops us from undergoing conversion. At times we are not too dissimilar to the elder brother, behaving by the book. There is a reversal in the roles here. ...

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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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