• 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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  • How much is too much?

    Christine Galea

    We might as well face it… the wedding season is in full swing! Indeed, May and June are reputed to be two of the most popular months for couples to tie the knot. And why not? The weather is normally absolutely beautiful during late Spring and the scorching summer heat ...

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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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  • 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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  • “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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  • 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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  • 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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  • An Encounter with Beauty

    Pietre Vive Malta

    “Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.” – Edgar Allen Poe There must have been, at some point or other, an experience in your life in which you were moved to tears, or were gripped by an overwhelming need to bury your ...

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  • Il-Mara l-Ħoxna: ix-xipli, il-godlija, u l-bejniet

    Għaqda tal-Malti – Università

    L-idjoma dwar id-dehra tagħna, bħala bnedmin u bħala Maltin, ma tonqosx. Ħu mill-għana tradizzjonali (“L-Aqwa Nisa l-Maltin,” tar-Ringu), u poeżiji oħra (ara l-istudji t’Immanuel Mifsud), u tinduna kemm dan hu minnu. Imma qabelxejn, x’nifhmu b’użu idjomatiku? Minbarra li b’idjoma nifhmu mod ta’ espressjoni, nifhmu wkoll frażi li intużat ħafna u ...

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