When did you last meet Christ?

Pyt Farrugia

I met him most recently a few days ago, at the introductory session of a psychotherapy course. The facilitator’s ballerina flats tapped in time to the mundane flow of questions, which came from a large group of participants. No matter how many times she heard variations of the same questions, her replies were respectful and caring. I met him in the story a friend told ...

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Int x’tgħid? Perit jew perita? Sindku jew sindka?

Għaqda tal-Malti Università

Illum il-ġurnata nafu li d-dominanza tal-irġiel fi professjonijiet, xogħlijiet jew karigi bil-mod il-mod qed tirriduċi ruħha. Fejn qabel in-nisa kienu joqogħdu d-dar jieħdu ħsieb it-tfal, fi żmienna qed jiġri pjuttost bil-kontra. Diversi nisa mhux talli bdew deħlin fil-postijiet tax-xogħol, talli saħansitra bdew jokkupaw pożizzjonijiet li qabel kienu okkupati biss mill-irġiel. Din il-bidla soċjali ġabet magħha bidla lingwistika għaliex beda jinħoloq dubju u nuqqas ta’ qbil ...

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Jean Claude Attard

Can we forget something we did not live to remember? Nathan Wachtel argues that we do not remember on our own, but we can only make sense of recollections within the broader context which we belong to. Our identity is negotiated with reference to a past which we choose to remember, with reference to the group we are part of. This process of recollection, therefore, ...

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What do we do now?

Dr Ramon Bonett Sladden

During the past few years, our country has been through a great deal of change. Whether the changes which have come to pass are for better or for worse, I will let history judge. My scope for writing is to try to examine the effects of our action or inaction as Catholics. The introduction of divorce in 2011 was not an ordinary legislative proposal which ...

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When ‘falling in love’ and ‘loving’ diverge

Christine Galea

One of my pastimes is watching movies. I simply love recycling those old DVDs which lie there in the cupboard, just waiting to be unearthed. A couple of weeks ago, I came across Moulin Rouge, a musical which is an old-time favourite of mine. At the most crucial point of the movie, Christian, one of the protagonists, played superbly by Ewan McGregor, declares that “the ...

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Dare we rise to the occasion?

Nadia Delicata

Today, almost three weeks after her brutal murder, Daphne Caruana Galizia will be laid to rest. In what must have been the most excruciating grieving process for her loved ones, they can finally start mourning as their wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend is returned to the ground with dignity, her memory never to be forgotten. Still, the poignancy of a private funeral will not ...

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The ending we already know

Pietre Vive Malta

“Sing, O muse, the anger of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans.” This is Homer’s powerful opening verse of the Iliad – the epic built around the ten-year siege of Troy. In a few words, it tells us plenty about the nature of anger. It speaks of betrayal, of struggle and death; of the harm brought by Achilles, whose name ...

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A familiar stranger

Andrew Camilleri

I hate it when it rains. It’s not the rain in itself that irritates me. It’s the fact that everything seems to go slower. Cars are more cautious, traffic jams are the order of the day and the buses. The buses never arrive, and when they do they are overflowing with people. These were the thoughts coursing through my mind as I stood there in ...

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By force of habit

Jean Govè

In “The Republic,” Plato proposed the analogy of the human soul and the State. He held that the State should be a reflection of the soul – and its final and primary aim was the attainment of the virtue of justice. Last Monday’s events speak volumes on the soul of our State. And on the state of our soul. Before proceeding further, I should like ...

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How to be broken

Matt Urpani

It seems that suffering has been a theme of late. My community has been reflecting on endurance and perseverance for the last month, the recent developments with Black Monday and its aftermath, events such as the Vegas shooting in the US, a seeming rise in articles such as the one posted here. I’ve even been reading A Grief​ ​ Observed​. All of this has caused ...

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