• “Ajma!”

    Christine Galea

    It’s one of those Maltese interjections that are frustratingly impossible to translate accurately into the English language.  Not only. Even in our own language, it takes on a myriad of meanings, depending upon the tone in which it is expressed.   One could say that, in its simplest form, spoken in ...

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  • Kissing the Lord, a Post-Paschal Reflection

    Pyt Farrugia

    “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your love is sweeter than wine,” begins the Song of Songs, attesting to the ancient beauty of the kiss in Scripture. As a man who loves men, kisses exchanged between members of my gender hold a particular fascination. In ...

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  • Easter Sunday

    Dr Mark Said

    Resurrection Sunday, more traditionally recognized as Easter Sunday, symbolizes “New Life.” Christians world-wide have attended church services commemorating the final days of Jesus Christ on earth. They have read bible passages recalling how He attended the Last Supper, was beaten and crucified, died, then arose from the dead, all of ...

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  • To keep or not to keep … the refugees

    Rosienne Farrugia

    World refugee day was last month and there has already been an excellent post on the topic. But in view of the very recent developments on our tiny, friendly Malta where we welcome everyone with open arms (provided they are fair skinned and, preferably, blue eyed), I thought another go ...

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  • Some things I hate and others I like about Easter

    Christian Colombo

    Once, a boy was standing in front of his father’s new car. The idea of slipping into the car and driving it was tentalising. In no time he got into the driver’s seat and was marvelling at the steering wheel, switches, pedals, levers. A few seconds later he found himself ...

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  • Ratzinger’s Lesson to our Politicians

    Nadia Delicata

    The news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation sent shock waves on- and offline. In general, the world was awed at the humility of the man who dared to acknowledge personal frailty and poverty of body and mind brought about by the natural processes of old age. In a culture embarrassed ...

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  • Is Hannukka the Jewish “Christmas”?

    Sophia

    The Hebrew word ‘Hanukkah’ literally means ‘dedication’ and its story takes us back to the events of the 2nd century BCE as described in the deuterocanonical books of 1 and 2 Maccabees. The eight-day festival begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, which normally falls somewhere ...

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  • Do They Know it’s Christmas in Connecticut?

    Pyt Farrugia

    Advent days are short, with the steady approach of midwinter bringing darkness and a diminution of light. And yet in the wake of last week’s tragedy in Connecticut, USA we need illumination now more than ever – a means of discerning the traces of God’s activity in our lives. People ...

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  • Tolkien and Eucatastrophe: Towards Our True Port of Call

    Justin Schembri OP

    “Myth has always involved ways of telling stories that had special significance.  Myths change history into significant history.”  This is the power of literature: from birth to death, from damnation to salvation, our lives are full with meaningful stories.  “Philosophy and literature, therefore, belong together. They can work like the ...

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