Columns

  • Bread and circuses: Gladiatorial contests and today’s sporting spectacles

    Aug 12, 2017

    As the new English Premier League season begins this week and football fans are driven to a frenzy in the coming months, it may be worth reflecting on this global phenomenon.

  • Angels and the city

    Aug 05, 2017

    Several years ago Hollywood made a movie, City of Angels, about an angel named Seth whose job it was to accompany the spirits of the recently deceased to the afterlife. On one such mission, waiting in a hospital, he fell in love with a brilliant young woman surgeon.

  • The day Jesus raged against the system

    Aug 05, 2017

    Political leaders, some of whom may have lost the support of the people, think they can enhance their stature or improve their chances at the polls by pandering to the insecurities, anxieties or prejudices of the majority communities.

  • Five things we must do to tackle climate change

    Jul 28, 2017

    Imagine an asteroid about to hit the Earth in a few months. Think of the widespread anxiety and concern, even panic. Our newspapers would be reporting the news in the front page every day, charting the progress and the route of an asteroid on a daily basis.

  • The gospel challenge to enjoy our lives

    Jul 27, 2017

    Joy is an infallible indication of God’s presence, just as the cross is an infallible indication of Christian discipleship. What a paradox! And Jesus to blame.

  • Sower, seeds, soil and saints

    Jul 22, 2017

    Last week, we looked at how Jesus’ call for us to be “salt for the earth” could be seen as an exhortation for us to nourish the soil from which his kingdom will emerge.

  • Understanding grace more deeply

    Jul 22, 2017

    The mark of genuine contrition is not a sense of guilt, but a sense of sorrow, of regret for having taken a wrong turn; just as the mark of living in grace is not a sense of our own worth but a sense of being accepted and loved despite our unworthiness.

  • You are fertiliser – not just table salt – for the earth!

    Jul 14, 2017

    Most of us feel helpless when confronting the numerous challenges facing us — whether local, national or global.

  • Latin Mass decision gave rise to new divisiveness

    Jul 14, 2017

    The 10th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum was celebrated on July 7. This document gave wider permission to the clergy to celebrate Mass according to the 1962 missal of St Pope John XXIII and gave instructions to the bishops to permit the lay faithful to celebrate this “extraordinary form” of the Mass when they so desired.

  • Inchoate desire

    Jul 14, 2017

    Sometimes while praying the Psalms, I’m caught looking quite uncomfortably into a mirror reflecting back to me my own seeming dishonesty.