At a loss

Jean Claude Attard

Losses take different shapes and forms. It is when trying to make sense of these losses that we come at a loss for both words and, perhaps, even meaning. Muted and dreary as we are, we ask questions about ourselves we cannot answer (Why me? Why now? What is the point of this? Where is God in all of this?) when we can ask a ...

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Lil min tassew qed naqdu?

Fr Michael Bugeja

Meta spiċċajt minn kappillan San Ġużepp Ħaddiem Birkirkara, kien hemm min iddispjaċih u kien hemm ħafna iktar li ħadu r-ruħ. Fost dawn tal-aħħar kien hemm min straħ tassew li fl-aħħar seta’ jċapċap fil-knisja għax iċ-ċapċip fil-Knejjes ma narahx f’postu. Kemm-il darba, minħabba f’hekk, kien jerġa’ jibda jberren f’moħħi il-ħsieb li jiena stramb (sal-lum għadni konvint li jien) sakemm darba ltqajt ma’ Patri Karmelitan t’età venerabbli ...

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Turning Grape Juice into Wine

Dr Andrew Camilleri

I have never been able to go up a flight of steps without needing a moment to catch my breath. One particular year I decided that not only would I get fit but that I would run a half marathon. Going against a sea of naysayers including my own self-doubts I crossed the finishing line. That moment changed my life. It made me realize that ...

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Choices

Matt Urpani

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? Most of us are familiar with this job interview cliché. Will you be moving up to that executive position in the firm? Buying your first house? Married with a kid on the way? Personally, I’ve always struggled with projecting what lies ahead in my near future, and each time it’s always been, inevitably, wrong. Very wrong. ...

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Vanity of vanities, all is vanity

Pietre Vive Malta

The title is an old testament quotation (Ecclesiastes 1:2) offering the foundations for a type of painting called vanitas. These essentially consist of still life paintings which flourished in the Netherlands throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth century. The aim of such paintings was to deliver a morally-driven message by putting a distinction between objects symbolising mortality and those symbolising worldly pleasure. One of the pioneers ...

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Honour thy father and thy mother

Christine Galea

Growing older seems to be taking its toll on my younger, somewhat rebellious, self! Not that I ever was very troublesome in my coming-of-age years (if one excludes a consistent tendency to speak my mind too plainly and my insistence upon having things my way!). Besides, there is no denying that since my days of early motherhood, which were characterised by a strong sense of ...

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Il-Festi u x-Xorb

Aġenzija Sedqa

Issa anke mal-festi qabdu?! Lanqas tista’ tixrob xarba bil-kwiet (insomma mhux eżatt bil-kwiet, imma taf xi rrid ngħid).M’għandhomx x’jagħmlu jaqaw? Ara naqra, x’fiha ħażin li xxarrab naqra griżmejk fil-marċ u waqt il-purċissjoni? Mhux kulħadd jixrob? Aħna l-Maltin hekk imdorrijin. Li kien għalihom dawn iħassruhielna festa bil-qabda prietki kontra x-xorb. Għax ma jħalluniex bi kwietna niddevertu u niċċelebraw kif nafu aħna? Diffiċli timmaġina festa mingħajr xorb. Donnu ...

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Much Confusion

Maria Vella

Those who have met them at some point in their life or have been lucky enough to work with them, know them as MCs; others refer to them by their official name – the Missionaries of Charity; however, they are more commonly known as the Sisters of Mother Teresa. One expects from such a huge organisation, which caters for thousands if not millions of poor ...

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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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