Columns

  • Discovering the names, stories and families of the strangers in our midst

    Feb 26, 2016

    So here we are in the Jubilee Year of Mercy. While most parishes have got the spiritual works of mercy well covered, complete with impressive doors of mercy, perhaps we need to look deeper at the corporal works of mercy.

  • On reading difficult passages in scripture

    Feb 19, 2016

    The reading for that day’s liturgy was taken from Chapter 24 of the Second Book of Samuel where, seemingly, God gets upset with King David for counting the number of men he had for military service and then punishes him by sending a pestilence that kills seventy thousand people.

  • Second Sunday of Lent: The Transfiguration – The Plan

    Feb 19, 2016

    Peter, James and John didn’t want this special touch of heaven, this transformation or transfiguration of the Lord, this visit by Moses and Elijah, none of this, they didn’t want any of it to end.

  • Great wealth and the temptation of corruption

    Feb 19, 2016

    The other day, someone I know told me that while he was in downtown KL, he had bumped into a familiar person who had been implicated in a major corruption scandal.

  • The kiss of God on the soul

    Feb 05, 2016

    We are infinite souls inside finite lives and that alone should be enough to explain our incessant and insatiable aching.

  • Will the corrupt in Malaysia repent?

    Feb 05, 2016

    Just when we thought things could not possibly get worse, two bolts out of the blue have left us dumbfounded.

  • What it means to speak truth to power

    Jan 30, 2016

    We may have come across the phrase “speak truth to power” at some point or another.

  • Pope Francis preparing document on the family

    Jan 29, 2016

    Later this year, perhaps as early as March, Pope Francis will issue his much-anticipated document on the family, which will respond to the discussion of the same topic at the synods held in October 2014 and 2015.

  • On bowing and raising our heads

    Jan 29, 2016

    At the end of every Roman Catholic liturgy, there is an invitation given to the people to receive a blessing. That invitation is worded this way: Bow

  • Forever being ahead of our souls

    Jan 21, 2016

    Sometimes, nothing is as helpful as a good metaphor. In his book, The God Instinct, Tom Stella shares this story: A number of men, who made their living as porters, were hired one day to carry a huge load of supplies for a group on safari.