The Challenge of Change

Pietre Vive

“Change…is it a postive thing?” “Does it make life inconsistent or more fulfilling?” “How should I embrace change?” These are questions that I frequently find myself struggling with. And I guess, these are the questions which essentially attracted me to Guido Reni’s painting of The Adoration of the Shepherds. In this painting I could envision the journey of the shepherds towards the source of light ...

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Eternal Champions

Bernard Micallef

The recent tragedy of the Chapecoense football team made me think about all the hard work and sacrifices that we do. Here we had a number of people joined together by this dream – to be the champions of the Copa Sudamericana (the equivalent to Europe’s Europa League). We had players who had given their lives for football, staff and coaches whose only aim was ...

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The Orange Man and Environmental Policy

John Paul Cauchi

And so it has happened. The Unites States has elected Donald Trump, a wild card for American politics, as its leader for the next four years. Cue silent agonising screams of the heart. I will not go into his statements and scandals – there are tomes to write about that. Neither will I go into his personal history. What concerns me – and indeed it ...

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The dark side of voluntary work

Maria Vella

Many correlate voluntary work with the cliché romantic idea of going to Africa or Asia to help poor children for a month; maybe taking as many photos you can possibly take and post them all over the social media with the idea of bringing social awareness of another reality present in the world we live in. Others simply take it as an adventure and there ...

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The Way of Man, Part 3

Ian Diacono

Beginning with oneself, this way of thinking is seen clearly, in the Hasidism way, as man is not treated as an object of examination, but is called upon to ‘straighten himself out’. At first, a man should realize that conflict situations between himself and others, are nothing but the effects of conflict situations in his own soul; then he should try to overcome this inner ...

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Save the Semitic

Emil Anton

A letter to the Maltese people: I would like to suggest that Maltese people should seriously study Arabic. As a Finn with Iraqi roots who wants to relearn his once-lost Arabic, I feel at home in semi-Semitic Malta, but I am disappointed by the lack of interest in Arabic on the part of the Maltese, who seem much more eager to replace Semitic expressions with English ones. Some ...

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Ir-Realtà tat-Tfal fid-Djar Residenzjali

David Schembri

Diversi nies jaħsbu li l-bżonn li xi tfal u żgħażagħ joħorgu minn ġol-familji tagħhom sabiex jgħixu f’xi post alternattiv hija xi ħaġa rari jew tal-passat. Oħrajn isibuha diffiċli biex jemmnu li ħafna drabi tkun ix-xewqa ta’ dawn it-tfal u ż-żgħażagħ stess li joħorġu mill-familji tagħhom. Ilni għal dawn l-aħħar ħmistax-il sena naħdem mat-tfal vulnerabbli u li qed ifittxu familja alternattiva, u fl-ebda żmien id-domanda għal ...

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The Way of Man, Part 2

Ian Diacono

The Particular Way is a call for authenticity that Martin Buber, in The Way of Man, presents by giving an example of a Rabbi who was asked this question; ‘Show me one general way to the service of God?’ This Rabbi claims that it is impossible to tell men what way they should take in life. For one way to serve God is through learning, another ...

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Change it… but keep it!

MarieLou Camilleri

“My life has changed, and I’m changing with it” Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess Every year the same song ‘As old as time’ (sung by journalists rather than by Angela Lansbury) about how the thousands of students who graduate each year find immediate employment. What they forget to harmonise in the bridge of the song is that a good number of these students end up ...

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The Way of Man, Part 1

Ian Diacono

The hardest thing for an author to do, is to help his readers understand complexities in their simplest forms. Martin Buber does exactly that in his short remarkable book ‘The Way of Man’. Buber is said to have been one of the most significant religious thinkers of the twentieth century. In his book he presents the essential teachings of Hasidism: the mystical Jewish movement that ...

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