Columns

  • Faithful friendship

    May 30, 2020

    At the end of the day, fidelity is not about now often you physically connect with someone but about living within a shared spirit.

  • Making a Difference: Lessons for Humanity from an Inspiring Pope on his 100th Birthday

    May 28, 2020

    Celebrating the Eucharist at St. Pope John Paul II’s tomb in St. Peter’s Basilica on the 100th anniversary of the saint’s birth (May 18), Pope Francis said in his homily that God loves his people, and in times of difficulty visits them by sending a holy man or a prophet.

  • ‘Business as usual’ — or end of the neoliberal era?

    May 24, 2020

    One thing’s for sure – at least in the shortrun. The coronavirus pandemic has triggered a great deal of upheaval. Tragically, many have lost their jobs, and new jobs will be scarce.

  • Facing our tough hours

    May 24, 2020

    At the very moment that Jesus was facing a humiliating death by crucifixion, the Gospel of John hints that he was offered an opportunity to escape.

  • The Great Realisation, The Great Awakening

    May 17, 2020

    Some time ago, there were two long-established car tyre shops near my place operating right next to each other.

  • Leaving peace behind as our farewell gift

    May 17, 2020

    There is such a thing as a good death, a clean one, a death that, however sad, leaves behind a sense of peace. I have been witness to it many times. Sometimes this is recognised explicitly when someone dies, sometimes unconsciously. It is known by its fruit.

  • A chilling lesson from the 1930s

    May 10, 2020

    In the late 1930s, my grandmother — she was then just a young mother — suffered from tuberculosis. This was a major health concern in that era.

  • Fever

    May 10, 2020

    Deep down we already know this, but as a personal truth, this is not something we appropriate in a classroom, from parents or mentors, or even from religious teaching.

  • Solidarity with the Earth, solidarity with the vulnerable

    May 03, 2020

    The acclaimed public intellectual Noam Chomsky has often said that there are two crises facing humanity: the threat of nuclear war and the threat of climate change.

  • God and the principle of non-contradiction

    May 03, 2020

    It is funny where the lessons of our classrooms are sometimes understood.