Columns

  • Is fear – not hate — the opposite of love?

    May 26, 2017

    Lately, we have witnessed a combination of factors that may have alarmed us: the rising cost of living, a tendency to slip into violence when one’s own or group interests are threatened and the stoking of ethnic or religious sentiments.

  • Coming full circle – from storybooks to spirituality

    May 25, 2017

    My first love was literature, novels and poetry. As a child, I loved storybooks, mysteries and adventures. In grade school, I was made to memorise poetry and loved the exercise. High School introduced me to more serious literature, Shakespeare, Kipling, Keats, Wordsworth, Browning. On the side, I still read storybooks, cowboy tales from the old West, taken from my dad’s bookshelf.

  • Do not be afraid: The Lord is our rock, our fortress, our deliverer

    May 19, 2017

    Sometimes, when we look to the future, to the challenges of our times or the forces of evil around us, we might feel a sense of foreboding or dread.

  • Despair as weakness rather than sin

    May 19, 2017

    Classically, both in the world and in our churches, we have seen despair as the ultimate, unforgivable sin.

  • Francis-Trump meeting: Time to move from globalisation to planetisation

    May 12, 2017

    So US President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet Francis, the Bishop of Rome, in Vatican on May 24!

  • An extraordinary book

    May 12, 2017

    Dorothy Day is alleged to have said: Don’t call me a saint; I don’t want to be dismissed that easily! A new biography on her by her granddaughter, Kate Hennessy, Dorothy Day – The World will be saved by Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of my Grandmother, will, I believe, go a long way in preventing anyone from turning Dorothy Day, soon to be officially canonised by the Church, into what she feared, a plaster-saint who can be piously doted upon and then not taken seriously.

  • In surprise video appearance, Francis calls for revolution of tenderness

    May 05, 2017

    One of the surprises in recent days was the appearance of the Bishop of Rome on TedTalk, a video recording that was broadcast on April 25 to the annual TED conference.

  • Becoming a holy beggar

    May 05, 2017

    With the exception of scripture and a few Christian mystics, Christian spirituality, up to now, has been weak in presenting us with a vision for our retirement years. It’s not a mystery as to why. Until recently, the majority of people died shortly after retirement and so there was no need for a highly developed spirituality of generativity after our active years.

  • From YOUCAT to DOCAT: Inspiring youth to transform the world

    Apr 26, 2017

    In looking long and hard at this question, the Catholic Church is extending its approach to Catechism for the youth by inspiring them to put their faith into action.

  • My country first?! My family first?!

    Apr 26, 2017

    “I am a citizen, not of Athens or Greece, but of the world.” Socrates wrote those words more than twenty-four hundred years ago.