Columns

  • Achievement versus fruitfulness

    Sep 15, 2017

    There’s a real difference between our achievements and our fruitfulness, between our successes and the actual good that we bring into the world.

  • Working to dispel the pessimism surrounding the nation

    Sep 15, 2017

    This weekend, we celebrate 54 years since the formation of Malaysia. We should be celebrating all the things that we have been blessed with — abundant natural resources and a diversity of cultures and spiritual traditions, our strategic location between economic powers, China and India, and the natural goodwill among Malaysians at the grassroots level.

  • Stuck in traffic

    Sep 11, 2017

    There’s a famous billboard that hangs along a congested highway that reads: You aren’t stuck in traffic. You are traffic! Good wit, good insight! How

  • Embrace, pray for our grieving long-suffering Rohingya brethren

    Sep 10, 2017

    Just last week, a good friend of mine lost his nephew, whom he treated as his own son, in a road accident. His sister was grief stricken — the young adult had been her only child.

  • On papal flight, Francis says Colombia trip a push to 'go forward on path to peace'

    Sep 07, 2017

    Pope Francis began his five-day visit to Colombia by calling the trip "a bit special," saying it is meant to help the country "go forward on its path to peace" following the recent ending of a bloody 50-year war between the nation’s government and rebel guerilla forces.

  • The power of ritual

    Aug 31, 2017

    I don’t always find it easy to pray. Often, I’m over-tired, distracted, caught-up in tasks, pressured by work, short on time, lacking the appetite for prayer, or more strongly drawn to do something else.

  • Assault on our common solidarity

    Aug 30, 2017

    One of the central tenets of Christianity is the belief that God the Father sent Jesus into the world to redeem a fallen world.

  • Is the single life a vocation? Maybe we’re asking the wrong question

    Aug 30, 2017

    The reasons that there are more single people in the Church now than in other times in recent history are many and varied – an emphasis on education, a culture that values individualism, higher rates of divorce and economic factors are just some of the many reasons there are more singles in the pews.

  • Sixty years on, sailing in uncharted waters

    Aug 25, 2017

    As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Independence of the peninsula, the occasion should prompt us to reflect on where we are now.

  • God needs better press

    Aug 25, 2017

    The word “Protestant” is generally misunderstood. Martin Luther’s protest that led to the Protestant reformation was not, in fact, a protest against the Roman Catholic Church; properly understood, it was a protest for God. God, in Luther’s view, was being manipulated to serve human and ecclesial selfinterest