Columns

  • Reflecting on 10 years of the permanent diaconate

    Jul 30, 2021

    The Diocese of Malacca Johore made history on August 1, 2011 when seven married men with secular jobs were ordained permanent deacons in front of their wives and children by the then Bishop of the Diocese of Malacca Johor, His Lordship Bishop Dr Paul Tan SJ.

  • Can we prove that God exists?

    Jul 30, 2021

    Scepticism and agnosticism, even atheism, are not a problem if one is honest, non-rationalising, non-lying, ready to efface oneself before reality as it appears, and generous in giving one’s life away in service. If these conditions are met, God, the author and source of all reality, eventually becomes sufficiently real, even to those who need physical proof.

  • Reflecting on the Psalms: Broken in exile, healed at return

    Jul 30, 2021

    Jesus, by his death and resurrection is the glorious symbol and the first-fruits of the New Jerusalem. His paschal mystery has brought this victory over the evil one.

  • Bruised and wounded, understanding suicide

    Jul 24, 2021

    Suicide is a disease, something that in most cases takes a person out of life against his or her will, the emotional equivalent of cancer, a stroke, or a heart attack.

  • Reflecting on the Psalms: The Faithfulness of God

    Jul 24, 2021

    Our human nature compels us to go down on our knees crying out to God when trouble storms our peaceful lives. This can come in the form of sickness, pain, suffering from failed relationships, misunderstandings and financial woes.

  • ‘It is darkest before the dawn’

    Jul 23, 2021

    There is an old saying, “It is always darkest before the dawn.” And God knows we are going through dark times, when the dawn just refuses to come.

  • Amid desperate times, where is Hope?

    Jul 17, 2021

    Even amid the most difficult and trying situations, if we keep our eye on Jesus and his Beatitudes for the Kingdom, we will prevail. So, amid the despair and suffering, let us never lose hope that a new kingdom awaits. But first we have work to do.

  • Silent victims of the pandemic

    Jul 17, 2021

    Abuse does not discriminate. It cuts across all ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. It comes in many forms and harms people physically, emotionally, and mentally.

  • Why in the Church?

    Jul 17, 2021

    There is no pure Church anywhere for us to join, just as there is no pure country anywhere for us in which to live. This Church, for all its chequered history and compromised present, is all we have.

  • Reflecting on the Psalms: The whole of nature has to make way for the coming of God

    Jul 17, 2021

    Our lives alternate with happiness, sadness and other emotions in tandem with different events that affect us or those close to us.