Columns

  • Two churches, two sacred places, two struggles

    Dec 03, 2014

    God has given us two churches, one is found everywhere and the other is found at select places. Some of us prefer one of these and struggle with the other, but both are sacred places where God can be found and worshipped.

  • People on the margins: The hidden voices in society

    Nov 27, 2014

    By now, we are familiar with the exhortation of the Gospels for a more inclusive understanding of the kingdom of God, where the poor and the meek and the downtrodden seem to be especially blessed.

  • Fewer people are going to Church — whom to blame?

    Nov 27, 2014

    It’s no secret that today, there’s been a massive drop-off in church attendance. Moreover, that drop-off in church-going is not paralleled by the same widespread growth in atheism and agnosticism.

  • Something has to give. What then?

    Nov 21, 2014

    This has more than a grain of truth in it. In the past, those with capital earned higher returns compared to those without capital e.g.ordinary workers who have to rely on growth and productivity improvements to see any increase in their income levels.

  • Spiritual warfare

    Nov 20, 2014

    Spiritual literature has always highlighted the primordial struggle between good and evil, and this has generally been conceived of as a war, a spiritual battle.

  • What will the Pope be up to in Sri Lanka, Philippines? Take a look

    Nov 14, 2014

    Today the Vatican published the official itinerary for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, during which he is slated to spend roughly two days each in Colombo, Manila and Tacloban.

  • Carrying our cross

    Nov 13, 2014

    Among Jesus’ many teachings we find this, rather harsh-sounding, invitation: Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.

  • Francis joins his voice in solidarity with those working with the poor

    Nov 11, 2014

    On October 25, the Bishop of Rome met with participants at the World Meeting of Popular Movements held in Rome to discuss the problems faced by the unemployed, the poor, the homeless and those who have lost their land.

  • Three Kinds of Spiritualities

    Nov 07, 2014

    All of us struggle, and we struggle in three ways. First, sometimes we struggle simply to maintain ourselves, to stay healthy and stable, to stay normal, to not fall apart, to not have our lives unravel into chaos and depression. It takes real effort just to maintain our ordinary health, stability, and happiness.

  • The tyranny of economic inequality — and how the people are diverted

    Oct 30, 2014

    It seems that there are some disturbing trends commonly surfacing in several countries in the region.