Columns

  • The catastrophe at Sepphoris

    Dec 06, 2019

    Jesus arrived in the world at around the apex of the Roman Empire’s power and domination of much of the known world at the time, apart from the Eastern civilisation.

  • Saints for a new situation

    Nov 29, 2019

    Everywhere in church circles today you hear a lament: Our churches are emptying. We’ve lost our youth. This generation no longer knows or understands

  • More than just a school: A new book illustrates the Xaverian journey

    Nov 29, 2019

    It was in the morning of April 1852 when three La Salle Brothers — Jerome King, Venere Chapuis and Lothaire Combes — approached Penang Island, its hills in the backdrop shrouded with jungle.

  • Living out a vocation

    Nov 22, 2019

    What does it mean to have a vocation? The term gets batted around both in religious and secular circles and everyone assumes its meaning is clear.

  • Five reasons for Pakatan Harapan’s chastening defeat in Tanjung Piai

    Nov 22, 2019

    Pakatan Harapan’s defeat to Barisan Nasional in yesterday’s Tanjung Piai polls was the most predictable of all the by-elections held since the 2018 general election.

  • Faith and Dying

    Nov 15, 2019

    The common notion among us as Christians is that if someone has a genuine faith, she should be able to face death without fear or doubt.

  • Vanity of vanities: Listening to the music of ‘economic growth’ while the planet sinks

    Nov 14, 2019

    Recently, news reports emerged indicating that large parts of nine Malaysian states could be underwater by 2050. At around the same time, an article in nature.com noted that sea levels rose by 11-16 cm in the 20th Century.

  • Critical conversions of our time — the Big Picture

    Nov 10, 2019

    A lot of the global media coverage of the Amazon Synod focused on sensational issues such as the support for married men in the region becoming priests and the lively conversations about allowing women to serve in the permanent diaconate.

  • The frustrating struggle for humility

    Nov 10, 2019

    It’s hard to be humble, not because we don’t have more than enough deficiencies to merit humility, but rather because there’s a crafty mechanism inside of us that normally doesn’t let us go to the place of humility.

  • Stolen statues – and the need for ecological conversion

    Nov 01, 2019

    Last week, at least two conservative protesters crept into the Church of St Mary in Traspontina in Rome at dawn and stole wooden carvings of nude preg