How football can change the Church

Jean Claude Attard

I have already had the chance to explore how football can somehow be a reflection of the life we lead (The three Ps). This time I would like to take the argument even further: what can the Church learn from football? Football is about winning titles, but that is simply the end result. Especially for younger players, learning to play with the ball is becoming ...

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Why Being a Christian still matters:  Martyrdom in the 21st Century

Dorianne Buttigieg

The news constantly provides harrowing details of countless Christians being persecuted in various countries around the world.  We may lament the case but may become jaded to the continuous news of such events since they normally (or so, we think!) occur far from our homes and the security of our comfort zones.  It is a worrying fact, corroborated by the news statistics, that attacks on ...

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On models of “everyday holiness”

Nadia Delicata

In one weekend, when the Church celebrated its great feast of Pentecost, two men who had long inspired me passed on to eternal life. Fr. Arthur Vella, S.J., who rested in peace on Pentecost Sunday, requires little introduction in Malta. He was a Jesuit priest and a man of great wisdom who mentored and guided spiritually generations of clergy, religious and laity. My first encounter ...

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Ġesù wkoll kellu jitgħallem

Fr Gilbert Scicluna

F’wieħed mid-diskorsi tiegħu, Ġesù għadu jtennilna, “Tgħallmu minni, għaliex jiena ta’ qalb ħelwa u umli”. Imma din qalhielna mhux biss għax il-qalb tiegħu hi mimlija b’kull virtù għax kienet il-qalb ta’ Alla, iżda wkoll għax qalbu kienet qalb ta’ bniedem li hi wkoll kellha titgħallem. Hu jaf xi tfisser titgħallem mhux biss bħala l-Għalliem imma wkoll bħala student fl-iskola tal-ħajja, fl-iskola tad-dinja, fl-iskola tal-umanità mtebbgħa ...

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Icons and Living Icons: The Relevance of Icons in our Spiritual Life

Dorianne Buttigieg

Windows to Heaven Icons can be described as an acutely sensitive reaction to the reality of Christ’s incarnation.  As asserted by Zelensky and Gilbert,  icons in the Orthodox world,  encompass a tradition which reflects on the central mystery of Christendom, whereby the Infinite has consented to being circumscribed by the limitations of matter.  Indeed, ‘an icon is an instrument through which the knowledge of God, ...

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The Hero must be killed!

Andrew Camilleri

It was the coldest February I could remember. But there he was rolling up his sleeves and trying to enlighten over a hundred teenagers that taking responsibility was the key to freedom. My friend. My mentor. My hero. It could be a teacher, a priest or a parent. Going through life, it is difficult to never find someone you admire, someone who inspires you, someone ...

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Tindaħalx!

Dr Ramon Bonett Sladden

Min jaf kemm-il darba xi ħadd kien se jgħid kelma ta’ ġid jew jagħmel xi ħaġa għall-ġid u minflok sab apprezzament, sab min qallu ma jindaħalx. Għalfejn tindaħal? Qabel xejn, jgħidulek li mhux affari tiegħek. Wara dan, jekk tittanta tgħid li taħseb li dak li qed isir huwa ħażin u għalhekk int qed tintervjeni, jakkużawk li qed tiġġudika. Imma jekk turi approvazzjoni, mid-dehra ma tkunx ...

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4 things coffee says about us

Jean Claude Attard

Drinking coffee has become yet again a characteristic social activity, becoming a lifestyle of its own. The coffeehouse has originally flourished towards the end of the Habsburg Empire, becoming the place where people of all classes mingled, but which became particularly noted for its artistic and bohemian aspects. Initially seen as an exotic indulgence of the elite, coffee eventually grew in popularity amongst the working ...

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Studju Soċjolingwistiku fuq ir-Reġistru tal-Piroteknika Maltija

Għaqda tal-Malti Università

Il-piroteknika hija sengħa ħajja mħaddma minn pirotekniċi żgħażagħ u anzjani b’mod volontarju, biex wara ħafna sagrifiċċju jsarrfuh fi prodott jew xogħol tan-nar li jiddistingwina minn kull pajjiż ieħor. L-għan ta’ dan l-istudju tal-Maġisteru fil- Malti kien li nagħti ħarsa dettaljata lejn il-varjazzjonijiet li nsibu fil-piroteknika Maltija fil-kmamar tan-nar kollha ta’ Malta u Għawdex kif ukoll li jinġabar il-kliem u l-espressjonijiet relatati mal-logħob tan-nar. Użajt il-metodu ...

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On discipleship, darkness and a rolled stone

Mariella Catania

In the days following Easter, I happened to come across the homily that Pope Francis delivered during this year’s Easter vigil and – being part of a community whose current pastoral theme is ‘nurturing disciples’ – I was pleasantly surprised to read the Pope’s reflections which emphasised the disciples’ experience both before, but especially after, the Resurrection. The first part of the homily revolved around ...

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