Columns

  • The Open Windows: The battle for the soul of the Church

    Mar 24, 2017

    The other day, while attending a wake, I engaged in casual conversation with an activist, a non- Christian. As the topic veered to religion, he told me, “The Catholic Church has in Pope Francis its greatest pope since John XXIII (now a saint.”)

  • Nothing is ever really ours

    Mar 23, 2017

    Everything is a gift. That’s a principle that ultimately undergirds all spirituality, all morality, and every commandment. Everything is a gift.

  • Rising sea levels: This changes everything

    Mar 17, 2017

    An alarming new study was quietly released in January. The study found that global sea levels could rise by between one and eight feet by the end of this century, placing millions of people in harm’s way. The new report takes into account the latest disappearing polar ice cover.

  • The flavour of God’s energy

    Mar 17, 2017

    All things considered, I believe that I grew up with a relatively healthy concept of God. The God of my youth, the God that I was catechised into, was not unduly punishing, arbitrary, or judgmental.

  • Pastor Raymond Koh’s abduction rattles Malaysians

    Mar 10, 2017

    The Feb 13 abduction, in broad daylight, of Pastor Raymond Koh has rattled the Christian community and other concerned Malaysians.

  • Of virtue and sin

    Mar 10, 2017

    When we do good things, we feel good about ourselves. Virtue is, indeed, its own reward, and that’s good.

  • A different kind of money laundering

    Mar 03, 2017

    The Bishop of Rome has warned Christians against leading a “double life.”

  • Of winners and losers

    Mar 03, 2017

    Our society tends to divide us up into winners and losers. Sadly, we don’t often reflect on how this affects our relationships with each other, nor on what it means for us as Christians.

  • A moment of reckoning for Malaysia

    Feb 25, 2017

    On Friday night, February 24, parishes throughout the country were scheduled to hold prayers for our lawmakers that they may be “guided in knowledge and wisdom to discern and act for the common good of all peoples, namely for peace, harmony, respect and justice.”

  • Welcoming the stranger

    Feb 24, 2017

    In the Hebrew Scriptures, that part of the Bible we call the Old Testament, we find a strong religious challenge to always welcome the stranger, the f