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  • Power does strange things to people

    Aug 15, 2020

    Power does strange things to people — and in turn, can make people do strange and diabolical things. The lure of power, which often brings with it the key to immense personal wealth and influence, draws all kinds of aspirants like ants to sugar and bees to honey. A few of them may be altruistic – wanting to serve the people – but many are in it for themselves.

  • Suicide and Melancholy

    Aug 15, 2020

    We no longer understand melancholy. Today we lump all forms of melancholy together into one indiscriminate bundle and call it “depression”. While a lot of good is being done by psychiatrists, psychologists, and the medical profession in terms of treating depression, something important is being lost at the same time. Melancholy is much more than what we call “depression”. For better and for worse, the ancients saw melancholy as a gift from God.

  • The hidden cost of corruption

    Aug 08, 2020

    Recent events have thrust corruption scandals into the global headlines. But what may not be easily seen is that there is a hidden cost to corruption.

  • Letting go of false fear

    Aug 08, 2020

    Given the opportunity to leave family and friends a few last words, I think that after I first tried to say a proper goodbye, I’d say this: Don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid of living or of dying. Especially don’t be afraid of God.

  • Dismantling xenophobia, reaching out to modern-day social outcasts

    Aug 01, 2020

    In many societies around the world, people have deep-rooted prejudices on the grounds of race or religion, even social class or gender.

  • On not locking our doors

    Aug 01, 2020

    In his book The Secret, Rene Fumoleau has a poem entitled Sins. Fumoleau, who was a missionary priest with the Dene Peoples in Northern Canada, once asked a group of Elders to name what they considered the worst sin of all.

  • Despondency and despair during times of darkness

    Jul 25, 2020

    Looking around us at the state of the world and the situation closer to home, it would be easy to sink into despondency.

  • Sacred permission to feel human …

    Jul 25, 2020

    It is normal to feel restless as a child, lonely as a teenager, and frustrated by lack of intimacy as an adult; after all we live with insatiable desires of every kind, none of which will ever find full fulfilment this side of eternity.

  • Amid persecution and darkness, expect the unexpected

    Jul 18, 2020

    These are dark days we live in. In many nations, democracy and basic freedoms, including media freedom, are under threat.

  • Some secrets worth knowing

    Jul 18, 2020

    Monks have secrets worth knowing, and these can be invaluable when a coronavirus pandemic is forcing millions of us to live like monks.