Articles
Home Alone It was early evening when I finally plucked up the courage to face the inevitable. ‘Come on, you’ve been planning this for ages, don’t chicken out now’ I silently pleaded with myself. I knocked on the door. My father asked me to go in. As I entered the room, I could hear my heart beating so fast I feared it would give me away even before I spoke. With...
Blog
On the heels of the release of the raunchy pseudo-romantic film ’50 shades of Grey’ which has just premiered worldwide a few days ago, come its antithesis: the message of the 40 days of Lent. Both propose a 'number' but with a radically different intent. The film portrays a toxic and deceptive picture of love, a stark contrast to the true meaning of the word which the gospel proclaims.  Maybe some may protest that it...
Articles
What can you do for Lent to get closer to God? Here are 3 important things 'meant for Lent '... but not only!  We give them more importance in Lent so that they would become integrated into our everyday life. 1. In Lent Enter Tent: Pray every day "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came...
Christmas is fast approaching and, as usual, the streets and roundabouts in various places in Malta have been decorated with lights, stars, Christmas trees and Nativity ornaments. In the more recent years, Baby Jesus had been stolen from various spots on a number of occasions. I’m not sure whether it was someone’s warped sense of humour or a vicious rebellion to the true sense of Christmas; but, in any case, it upset me to...
The importance of image Image is the general impression that a person, organisation, or product presents to the public. It is estimated that in 2015 alone, over billion will be spent on advertising. Companies have come to know how effective this is, hence the massive amount of money spent on strengthening image. If we take a look at the profile pictures that people use on social media, it is evident that most...
Our most basic of needs is to be nurtured and loved. When these are not experienced well we suffer from pain and rejection. Painless people don’t exist except in fairytales and many advertisements. Our experience of rejection can fall into at least broad 3 categories The rejection we all experience as a result of original sin. The rejection many of us experience from imperfect parenting and other difficult childhood experiences. The rejection we experience...
Pharrell Williams’s upbeat and catchy song ‘Happy’ is known all over the world. Maybe few people ask what the lyrics really mean, most especially, ‘Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof’. When someone asked the singer, ‘Why is a room without a roof happy?’ he answered, ‘It is metaphorical for one's space without limit… This emotion can be infinite and achievable by all.’ But is happiness just...
Articles
The call of every Christian is to be a missionary disciple. To be a disciple of Jesus is to be a talmid, someone who learns and listens. Most of all, it means that we develop an intimate relationship with Jesus in prayer and grow in holiness. He wants to work in us and also through us. “In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become...
Articles
Before speaking about the baptism, or outpouring, in the Spirit, I think it is important to understand what the renewal in the Spirit is, where this experience happens and of which it constitutes the source and the high point. Then we will better understand that the outpouring is not an event in and of itself but rather the beginning of a journey whose aim is the profound renewal of life...
Articles
The Emmaus disciples encountered the Risen Lord and they strongly urged Him ‘Stay With Us’. Jesus wants to be with us all the times but we need to ask the question: how do I stay with Him? The passage from Luke 24:13-25 gives us some hints. It is suggested it that you would read it first. The so called ‘chiastic structure’ was a literary style used in ancient times and so...