Columns

  • Bersih 4: On a wing and a prayer

    Sep 04, 2015

    Here I am, on the way to the Bersih 4 rally in KL. It is August 28, a day before Bersih 4, and a thick haze has descended on Penang.

  • Human Nature – Is it Somehow all Wrong?

    Sep 04, 2015

    An American humorist was once asked what he loved most in life. This was his reply: I love women best; whiskey next; my neighbor a little; and God hardly at all!

  • Political correctness – swallowing hard

    Aug 26, 2015

    Just because something is politically-correct doesn’t mean that it might not also be correct. Sometimes we have to swallow hard to accept truth.

  • Bersih and Merdeka

    Aug 26, 2015

    The signs are not looking good for the nation. Commodity prices have slumped. Of major concern is the slump in the price of oil, especially since the Federal Government relies on Petronas’ income to fund its budget.

  • A eucharistic prayer over an awakening world

    Aug 21, 2015

    On the Feast of the Transfiguration in 1923, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin found himself alone at sunrise in the Ordos desert in China, watching the sun spread its orange and red light across the horizon.

  • Living in a time of crisis

    Aug 19, 2015

    We are living in difficult times here in Malaysia. The ringgit is falling, high-level corruption is glaring and rampant. And economic indicators are alarming.

  • Children of both heaven and earth

    Aug 06, 2015

    “Because, my God, though I lack the soul-zeal and the sublime integrity of your saints, yet I have received from you an overwhelming sympathy for all that stirs within the dark mass of matter; because I know myself to be irremediably less a child of heaven and a son of earth.”

  • Embracing an ecological spirituality … where less is more

    Aug 06, 2015

    The sixth and final chapter of Laudato Si, the Bishop of Rome’s encyclical on the environment, touches on ‘Ecological Education and Spirituality’.

  • The healing place of silence

    Jul 31, 2015

    A recent book, by Robyn Cadwallander, The Anchoress, tells the story of a young woman, Sarah, who chooses to shut herself off from the world and lives as an Anchoress, like Julian of Norwich.

  • Don’t just think of profits; think of long-term environmental implications

    Jul 31, 2015

    In Chapter Five of Laudato Si describing lines of approach and action to counter environmental degradation, the Bishop of Rome calls on us to take a more long-term approach to addressing environmental issues.