• 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 ...

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  • From ‘doing’ human to ‘being’ human

    Christine Galea

    Recently I came across a very interesting book by American author John Bradshaw.  One of the quotes which really grabbed my attention was “we are human BEings and not human DOings”.   This led me to reflect upon how important it is to keep our priorities in order and on the ...

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  • 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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  • Sacralising Feminism

    Jean Claude Attard

    Defining feminism is controversial. Not even self-acclaimed feminists seem to agree amongst themselves about what feminism is. Gloria Steinem famously claimed that “Feminism is not about a piece of the existing pie… It’s about baking a new pie.” The writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organiser argues that feminism is ...

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  • Good intentions are not enough

    Dr Andrew Camilleri

    You can almost feel it on your skin. That mixture of excitement and nervousness that is emanated when a group of young people gather in one place with a particular goal in mind. Goal is a very generous word, because goals require planning and serious reflection, but most people in ...

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  • The painter who cut up his own masterpiece

    Pietre Vive Malta

    The newly-built Amsterdam town hall was to feature a stirring depiction of a legendary meeting, at night, between tribal chiefs about to revolt against their Roman invaders. The above painting is what Rembrandt, the great Dutch painter commissioned to paint the meeting, came up with. This is, according to art ...

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  • Don’t waste your vote

    Maria Vella

    Coming from a background of voluntary work has lead me to having a close relationship with the poor. I know that Rita doesn’t make it till the end of the month with the pension she receives; Anna’s husband keeps her money so unless she receives providence she has absolutely no ...

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  • A much-needed election silence

    Jean Claude Attard

    In this brief, albeit hostile electoral campaign, there are many questions to be asked and many things to ponder about. The one answer we should be able to account for beyond this Saturday’s vote is not, perhaps, who would be representing us in government but, more worryingly, why that would ...

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  • Love, Meaning and Euthanasia

    Jean Govè

    “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves” – Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose ...

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  • Il-Vjaġġ

    Drachma

    Nista’ ngħid li l-esperjenzi tiegħi bħala persuna gay huma esperjenzi uniċi li ffurmawni u għadhom qed jiffurmawni, kif wara kollox huma l-esperjenzi li kull wieħed u waħda minna jgħaddu minnhom kuljum. T’età żgħira kont diġà nħoss ġibda lejn l-għalliema rġiel fl-iskola primarja tiegħi, però ma kontx nifhem x’qed jiġri ġo fija. ...

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