The Silence of God

Fr Gilbert Scicluna

After reading the article about the Scorsese’s movie based on the novel Silence by Shusaku Endo, and being stuck at home after a traffic accident, I decided to read the novel. Although probably it was not the best of ideas when trying to recover from a shock, the novel made me reflect on a fundamental question of faith. Initially, I was wondering why the author ...

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Rooted silence

Jean Claude Attard

Shusako Endo’s Silence, now a major film by Martin Scorsese, is about heroes and cowards, about joy and despair, and about believing and doubting, but who is who and what is what is unendingly subtle. This film is the story of two young Portuguese Jesuit priests as they attempt to bring hope to the few remaining Christians in Japan and to bring to an end ...

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“Għid żarbun mhux ‘shosie’”

L-Għaqda tal-Malti – Università

Ikolli nammetti li, anke jekk mhux il-ħin kollu, noqgħod attenta ħafna għal-lingwaġġ użat mit-tfal. Kull kelma li tingħad, hemm storja warajha. Iżda l-mistoqsija li dejjem tkun qed tberren f’moħħi hi, it-tfal huma verament konxji tal-kliem li qed jużaw? Meta nisma’ lil xi tifla tuża kelma flok oħra jew verb ikkonjugat ħażin, mill-ewwel nikkoreġiha u nistaqsiha tirrepeti l-kelma b’mod korrett. Ħafna drabi, it-tifla tirrepeti warajja l-kelma ...

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Humanity at the Crossroads

Pietre Vive

Reflection on “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymous Bosch (c. 1500) “For he spake and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast”. So does Hieronymous Bosch introduce us to this most stunning Triptych, which we now call “The Garden of Earthly Delights”. On the exterior shutters, the Earth on its third day of creation is presented – pristine, sacred, almost deceiving the ...

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Seeking Hope, Part 2

Fr Jimmy Bonnici

Beyond the establishment and anti-establishment Analysis of recent political trends reveals that there is a dissatisfaction with the “establishment” that is entrenched in its self-serving policies and not listening to the aspirations of the people. In this context, to portray oneself as “anti-establisment” can also become trendy. Yet, does this condone and justify a divisive, demeaning language that demonizes “the other”? Beyond that, and more ...

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Diversità

Wayne Farrugia

Jekk timraħ f’dak li hu preżenti fi żmienna, tintebaħ kemm hawn aljenazzjonijiet. Il-kunċett ta’ aljenazzjoni kif muri fil-qasam soċjoloġiku permezz ta’ teoriji klassiċi kif ukoll kontemporanji, jirreferi għal tip ta’ kundizzjoni fir-relazzjonijiet soċjali waqt li tirrifletti grad baxx fl-integrazzjoni u grad għoli t’iżolazzjoni bejn l-individwi. Skont it-teorija Marxista l-aljenazzjoni titfaċċa minħabba li l-individwi jgħixu f’soċjetà msejsa minn klassijiet soċjali diversi. Meta tqabbel ir-relazzjoni bejn l-individwi ...

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Seeking Hope, Part 1

Fr Jimmy Bonnici

According to the Washington Post, Clinton and Trump raised slightly more than 2 billion dollars for their campaign for Presidency. The Seminary in Malta – crowdfunded from parishes – gets an average of €120,000 for the entire year. So it might sound stupid to explore how to prepare young people as priests for the post-Trump era. The impression one gets is that it is more ...

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Desiring Difference

Pyt Farrugia

It seems to me that the human struggle to make sense of desire, both conscious and unconscious, is universal. After all, we are created in this way – we are in need of one another, irrespective of our cultural background, gender identity, sexual orientation, or systems of belief. It is also here that we hurt and harm each other the most. The place of our ...

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Sacredlessness

Jean Claude Attard

Making sense of 2016 might be a tricky endeavour. Our anxieties about clothing this past year, however, offer a glimpse of what we have been through, and perhaps even more significantly, why. This comes as no surprise. Fashions mirror values, they are a reliable barometer of change, and whatever trend we attempt to prohibit, more often rather than not, hides a far deeper fear. A ...

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To Life and Good Health! (Part 2)

Benjamin Portelli

In my last post, I concluded with the suggestion that Malta has had the benefit of hindsight and vicarious learning when it came to the application of certain policies and changes to culture, and that through observing the progress of other countries before jumping on any bandwagon, it was able to inform prudent decisions. One such issue was recently brought into the spotlight by the ...

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