Columns

  • Blaze at Notre Dame: Church’s mission goes beyond grand edifices

    Apr 26, 2019

    The April 15 fire that severely damaged the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris came as a shock to many all over the world. Many could only watch in horror as the blaze engulfed the Notre-Dame on Monday of Holy Week.

  • Our own Good Friday

    Apr 19, 2019

    When the Romans designed crucifixion as their means of capital punishment, they had more in mind than simply putting someone to death.

  • It is finished?

    Apr 19, 2019

    When Jesus was hanging on the cross, he uttered his last words: “It is finished”, “It is fulfilled” or “It is accomplished” — depending on which trans

  • What we haven’t got right about sex

    Apr 12, 2019

    Several years ago, in the question and answer period after a public lecture, a rather disgruntled young man asked me a question that carried with it a bit of attitude: “You seem to write a lot about sex,” he said, “do you have a particular problem with it?” My lecture had been on God’s mercy and had never mentioned sex so his question obviously had its own agenda.

  • Another look at Pilate washing his hands

    Apr 12, 2019

    Leaders in our world today have an obligation to uphold the truth and justice, no matter what the pressure from the baying crowd out there is like. They cannot run away from responsibility in the face of clear injustice nor should they pass the buck to others.

  • But where are the others?

    Apr 05, 2019

    Most of us have been raised to believe that we have the right to possess whatever comes to us honestly, either through our own work or through legitimate inheritance.

  • Sharing in a world of greed and violence

    Apr 04, 2019

    There is a saying that you can tell a lot about a person by the company he or she keeps. Somehow or other, the values and interests of those you are constantly surrounded will rub off on you.

  • Our struggle for proper Celebration

    Mar 28, 2019

    We don’t know how to celebrate things as they’re meant to be celebrated. We want to, but mostly, we don’t know how. Generally we celebrate badly.

  • MN D’Cruz — A passion for social justice

    Mar 28, 2019

    November 23, 1947 was like any other balmy Sunday evening at the beach in this fishing community.

  • Lessons through Failure …

    Mar 22, 2019

    What’s to be learned through failure, through being humbled by our own faults? Generally, that’s the only way we grow.