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 value of slowing down every so often, to evaluate whatever it is we are doing, ...

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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 the fruit of some Platonic allegory or a Nietzschean description of man before the revelation ...

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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 about making life fairer for women everywhere. Jessa Crispin, on the other hand, describes Steinem’s ...

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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 is still at bay, so the couple can set their minds at rest where that ...

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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 this room don’t really know what has brought them there, nor what it is that ...

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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 historian Simon Schama, ugliness. The Conspiracy of the Batavians under Claudius Civilis was, of course, rejected. ...

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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 income or way to afford buying food; at the age of twelve Teresa has to ...

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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 be so. This why might have to do more with who we are than with ...

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Malta’s Environment Wishlist

John Paul Cauchi

In this election cycle, with political parties promising the earth and sky and everything in between, the environment of our country is often used as a trading card in party leader’s desperate attempts to get people to vote for them. With the oft-embarrassing track record on the environment of both major political parties, we of course instinctively tend to take their words with a tad ...

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Baton change

Bernard Micallef

‘One sows and another reaps.’ One’s work is taken over by another to develop it and hopefully come up with a good result. Jesus stated this clearly to his disciples (Jn 4:36-38) – “I sent you to reap that for which you did not labour. Others have laboured, and you have entered into their labour.” They were experiencing what others had worked for; they were ...

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