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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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In the Christmas holidays my friends and I had the privilege once again of visiting the Holy Land. I’m sometimes asked if I’m always thrilled to go again after having been so many times. My answer is always in the affirmative. Just as I never tire hearing, reading and meditating the Word of God, visiting the land of Israel is like entering the ‘picture pop-up version’ of the Bible. This year’s...
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This blog is a summary of a talk I gave recently on this theme. The Christmas story has inspired countless traditions: decorations, pageants, philanthropic gestures, family lunches, staff parties, pantomimes and Santa dress ups. But one that stands out is presents and gifts. Maybe gifts can fall into 3 categories: A gift you received but don’t want, and would not have given and for which you need your best ‘pretend-you-like-it-smile’ A gift you...
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The people ate and were satisfied (Mark 8:8) Seven is like a soft drink, it’s sweet and satisfying, yet the more you drink, the more you get thirsty. These were words of Mark, one of the 350 participants in this year’s SEVEN Course. The goal of the course is to help the young people attending to embark on a journey of finding or deepening their relationship with God. So it was a great...
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When we think of a beggar few of us would think of God. Rather the image of a homeless person asking for money is probably the picture that would come to us. Yet what the Gospel reveals to us is that God is in fact a ‘beggar’. We think that we are the ones who are seeking him but in reality He is the one who is knocking on the...
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A few weeks ago when in the UK, my friends and I decided to have a go at punting on the River Cherwell in Oxford. Like many people, they had never heard the word ‘punt’ before or that this was a traditional and popular boat ride in cities like Oxford and Cambridge. The young man who gave us the boat asked if we knew how to punt. With a degree of...
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How can emptiness turn out to be a 'gift'? What does it take to bring man to his senses? How many miles must we walk before we realise that the track we are on is not leading us anywhere? Sensual pleasures, fantastic career opportunities, financial security and academic success, in the long run,  do nothing to shield us against the emptiness we experience when we are not rightly related to...
We are well into summer. Exams are over, the days are long and the heat can become unbearable. The temptation to become spiritually lazy becomes strong and some give in: slow down a bit, pray less, give in to self-indulgence … then try and catch up again in winter. However any break that is a break from God and living in His grace can only be harmful to us. Rather than...
My experience over these many years with young people leads me to conclude that increasingly fewer youth would associate God with the satisfaction of a sumptuous banquet, and the pleasure of drugs, alcohol and free sex with the rotting food in a dustbin. Actually quite the opposite! For example, in Malta today the abuse of cannabis, cocaine and alcohol are increasingly commonplace. Sadly Christianity has been experienced or presented as dull,...
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“It’s so rotten, gossip. At the beginning, it seems to be something enjoyable and fun, like a piece of candy.  But at the end, it fills the heart with bitterness and also poisons us". These strong words come from the mouth of Pope Francis. And yet gossip and loose talk about others fills the mouths of many people, even Christians. Verbal pollution and damaging speech which includes gossip, slander, destructive criticism and...