Columns

  • Becoming universal brothers and sisters at the service of fraternity

    Dec 05, 2020

    In the eighth and final chapter of his encyclical letter Fratelli Tutti (Brothers and Sisters All), the Bishop of Rome lets us in on the personalities who inspired his reflection on universal fraternity.

  • Our wounds, our gifts, and our power to heal others

    Dec 05, 2020

    Those words, wounded and healer, ordain each other. I’m convinced that God calls each of us to a vocation and to a special work here on earth more on the basis of our wounds than on the basis of our gifts.

  • Moving from conflict to peace

    Nov 29, 2020

    Every nation, almost every community has painful events that are etched in its collective memory.

  • An invitation to maturity – Weeping over Jerusalem

    Nov 28, 2020

    Maturity has various levels. Basic maturity is defined as having essentially outgrown the instinctual selfishness with which we were born so that our motivation and actions are now shaped by the needs of others and not just by our own needs.

  • Can the ground cry out?

    Nov 21, 2020

    “The earth is not dumb matter, an inanimate object with no capacity of feeling and sentiment, but a spirited and vulnerable living being who experiences the terrible and catastrophic loss of Abel’s death.

  • Is politics distasteful or a noble calling?

    Nov 15, 2020

    The big news last week was of course Donald Trump’s defeat in the US presidential elections and the Malaysian government’s tabling of a budget under controversial circumstances. Trump’s loss marks the end of four tumultuous years that divided America.

  • The Law of Gravity and the Holy Spirit …

    Nov 14, 2020

    God is erotically charged and the world is achingly amorous, hence they caress each other in mutual attraction and filiation.

  • Cardinal Soter lived the joy of the Gospel and left a monumental legacy

    Nov 04, 2020

    After a visit to Cardinal Soter Fernandez at the St Francis Xavier’s Home for the Elderly run by the Little Sisters of the Poor earlier this year, we

  • What kind of house can you build for me?

    Nov 04, 2020

    Partly that’s to be expected since moral questions must take into account the mystery of human freedom, the limitations inherent in human contingency, and the bewildering number of existential situations that vary from person to person.

  • Social solidarity vs the right to private property

    Oct 25, 2020

    I have often struggled with the disturbing New Testament passage where two early followers of Jesus were supernaturally struck dead after it was discovered they had not handed over all their wealth to the community.