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There are many misconceptions of prayer. Some believe it’s simply asking God for favours. Others think it’s just babbling some prayer we would have learnt by heart since we were kids. Others assume it’s a duty. Some think it’s our last resort when we are in trouble and others believe it’s simply a waste of time. All of the above cannot be further from the truth. Prayer is the fulcrum...
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The fact is that we all are tempted to sin in one way or another: there are grave sins, venial sins, sins of commission and sins of omission; sin of malice and sins of weakness, and sin which are actions and sins which are just in thought and intention. “For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance...
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Winter storms can be fine when you are tucked in bed but not when a sudden storm comes upon you and you are in one of the valleys or maybe out at sea. The truth is that storms are part of life - and we all have them now and again. In Mark 4:35-41 we read the account of when the disciples are caught in a storm. The boat was in...
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When we visited Ethiopia on our recent mission, we found that the electricity goes off often. So recharging your mobile, camera and so on is a gamble. Jesus clearly tells us that we need the Holy Spirit for righteous living and for witnessing to the Gospel. We too need to remain plugged-in. Pentecost is the surest sign that God is not selfish but yearns to give Himself and to empower us...
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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...
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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...
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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...