• We are not God

    Fr Gilbert Scicluna

    As I was nearing the first anniversary from my priestly ordination, I stopped for some days of rest and reflection. I started rereading the book Heart of the World by Hans Urs von Balthasar, which begins by describing human persons as “Prisons of finitude”! This somewhat shocking statement is not ...

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  • 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 ...

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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 ...

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  • Humanity at the Crossroads

    Pietre Vive Malta

    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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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  • “L-Għaġeb”

    Jean Claude Attard

    L-Għaġeb is a popular figurine, traditionally made of clay, in Maltese Christmas cribs. Most of the time this is a figure of ridicule; he is the freak, the fussy person, the exaggerator, the one who makes a mountain out of a molehill. L-Għaġeb is also the one, however, who expresses ...

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  • Love was Born at Christmas

    Pyt Farrugia

    One of the things I appreciate most about the Christian faith is the special way it encourages us to understand holiness. Other traditions of faith, which very closely associate the idea of holiness with that of purity, have a tendency to maintain the strictest separation between that which is holy ...

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  • G-d, exile and other (complicated) relationships

    Mario Gerada

    The first creation narrative the book of Genesis offers us is a very pretty story, yet one creation narrative was not enough for Scripture. While the first story is very beautiful, it is in the second narrative that we read about loneliness, conflict, manipulation, temptation and relationship tensions between the ...

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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 ...

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