Columns

  • Suicide and our misunderstandings

    Jun 24, 2022

    A proper human and faith response to suicide should not be horror, fear for the victim’s eternal salvation, guilty second-guessing about how we failed this person, and a hushed, guarded tone forever afterwards when we speak of him or her.

  • Appreciating good homilies

    Jun 24, 2022

    This is not the first time the Pope has dispensed advice on preaching. Last January he complained that too many homilies “are abstract, and instead of awakening the soul, they put it to sleep.”

  • The hidden menace of domestic violence

    Jun 17, 2022

    The victims of domestic violence must know that they can reach out to those who have heard the Holy Father’s words and ask for assistance. While it is true that there are governmental and charitable organisations (including the Archdiocesan Mental Health Ministry set up by the Church) that offer help, advice and support, it is our personal Christian duty to do so.

  • Make self-care a priority

    Jun 17, 2022

    The term “self-care” has taken on a greater level of significance and profundity during this day and age of the COVID-19 pandemic. And rightfully so too.

  • Women, inequality and feminism

    Jun 17, 2022

    There are still people everywhere who believe there’s no longer any issue regarding the status of women.

  • Heading toward global food catastrophe!

    Jun 17, 2022

    “The current food crisis may rapidly turn into a food catastrophe of global proportions in 2023,” said UN trade chief, Rebeca Grynspan.

  • Book Review: Women’s leadership in Church as taught, lived

    Jun 10, 2022

    “Rising: Learning from Women’s Leadership in Catholic Ministries” by Carolyn Y. Woo. Orbis Books (Maryknoll, New York, 2022). 272 pp., $21.

  • The language of touch

    Jun 10, 2022

    Many of us may be familiar with the concept of nature versus nurture, which is a person’s genetic physical and personality traits (nature) versus the upbringing one received (nurture).

  • The only home we have

    Jun 10, 2022

    On May 28, the Laudato Si’ Ministry was finally launched at my parish, the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist in Kuala Lumpur.

  • God’s sense of humour

    Jun 10, 2022

    Good idea, good intention, good theology, but to my taste, lacking the right nuance. That kind of laughing face has an ephemeral quality that too easily gives way to something else after it’s had its moment.