Columns

  • 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.

  • ‘We are the ones’ (who can make a difference)

    Jul 10, 2021

    Last week’s column looked at the parable of the five loaves and two fish and ended by hoping that if we use what little we have at our disposal, we could work modern-day miracles.

  • What’s inside the face of God?

    Jul 10, 2021

    O God, for you I long; for you my soul is thirsting. My body pines for you like a dry, weary land without water.

  • Reflecting on the Psalms: The poor of Yahweh

    Jul 10, 2021

    One of the words that occurs frequently in the psalms is the word ‘poor’. The word comes from the root ‘anah’, which means to oppress, to humiliate.

  • The silent cry of suffering

    Jul 03, 2021

    The Earth silently wept – “the cry of the Earth”. Now, the lockdowns have given nature a much-needed breather and reprieve. But, if we listen carefully, we now hear the “cry of the poor”.

  • Reflecting on the Psalms:Psalms convey thoughts and feelings in images and sounds

    Jul 03, 2021

    Poets use a great deal of imagination to convey their thoughts and feelings. The Encyclopedia Britannica defines poetry as ‘literature that evokes a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience or a specific emotional response through language chosen and arranged for its meaning, sound and rhythm.’

  • Joy – A Sign of God

    Jul 03, 2021

    Joy is not just a sure sign of the life of God in the soul, it is a sign of the life of God – period. Joy constitutes the inner life of God.

  • Life in the 1970s — what has changed?

    Jun 26, 2021

    That period coincided with rule under a ‘National Operations Council’, from 1969 to 1971, in the wake of the unrest in Kuala Lumpur in May 1969.