Columns

  • Cross and Resurrection: From desolation to hope

    Mar 23, 2016

    What does Easter mean to us? Today, as we look around us, we don’t seem to have much cause to cheer.

  • How the soul matures

    Mar 18, 2016

    In a deeply insightful book, The Grace of Dying, Kathleen Dowling Singh shares insights she has gleaned as a health professional from being present to hundreds of people while they are dying.

  • The price of living up to what you believe in

    Mar 18, 2016

    As we prepare to observe Good Friday and celebrate Easter, it might be appropriate to reflect on the price of speaking the truth.

  • The cries of finitude

    Mar 11, 2016

    It might be an unemployed man, down on his luck, unable to find work, the odd man out when everyone else seems to be doing great. It might be a little

  • Citizens’ Declaration a sign that all is not well

    Mar 10, 2016

    The recent signing of the Citizens’ Declaration expressing concern about the state of the nation, including the rising cost of living, and the need for institutional reforms has been a major talking point.

  • Mourning our barrenness

    Mar 04, 2016

    Several years ago, while teaching a summer course at Seattle University, I had, as one of my students, a woman who, while happily married, was unable

  • Frank exchange of views at Christian-Muslim meeting

    Mar 04, 2016

    Penang Bishop Sebastian Francis led a delegation of priests and lay people to meet Penang Mufti Wan Salim Mohd Noor and his colleagues at the mufti’s

  • God’s inexhaustibility

    Feb 26, 2016

    Many of us, I am sure, have been inspired by the movie, Of Gods and Men, which tells the story of a group of Trappist monks who, after making a painfu

  • 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.