• The promptings of the Spirit

    May 01, 2021

    There were moments in the recent campaign to save Convent Bukit Nanas when some people might have wrung their hands in despair. Here we go again, many would have thought.

  • Our heart is stronger than our wounds

    May 01, 2021

    As Christians, we don’t have to save ourselves, don’t have to get our lives right all on our own. Indeed, nobody ever does.

  • Overcoming the destructive forces of greed

    Apr 24, 2021

    The great Bengali poet, writer, philosopher and social reformer, Rabindranath Tagore, visited Penang and the rest of then-Malaya several times in the early 20th Century, while on longer journeys to East Asia.

  • The origin of our conflicts and differences

    Apr 24, 2021

    In Greek mythology, the supreme god, Dionysus, was intact, containing all the scattered pieces of divinity that took particular incarnations in various gods, goddesses and human persons. Inside Dionysus, the intact god, there was harmony, everything fitted together, but everywhere else various pieces of divinity wrestled and sparred with each other, forever in tension and power struggles.

  • Pan-Malaysian Alpha in the Catholic Context

    Apr 17, 2021

    This is a new column for our local theologians to share their thoughts.

  • Suffering in the face of persecution

    Apr 17, 2021

    The situation in Myanmar is worrying with more than 700 dead as many ordinary people bravely resist the illegal military coup in Myanmar despite massacres.

  • Taking tension out of the community

    Apr 17, 2021

    Whatever energy we don’t transform, we will transmit. That’s a phrase I first heard from Richard Rohr and it names a central challenge for all mature

  • The power of beauty

    Apr 10, 2021

    The world will be saved by beauty! Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote that, Dorothy Day quoted it, and centuries before Jesus, Confucius made it central to his pedagogy.

  • The Resurrection –overnight change?

    Apr 10, 2021

    He died on a cross at a distant outpost of the Roman Empire. He was cut down in his prime, in his 30s.

  • Easter gives us hope of conquering oppression and injustice

    Apr 02, 2021

    When Jesus died on the cross, the veil in the Temple was torn into two. This huge thick curtain separated the general public of worshippers from the most holy place in the Temple building.