Columns

  • Looking for the one God inside our denominational and faith divisions Does Malaysia’s

    Jan 30, 2015

    Christian de Cherge, the Trappist Abbott who was martyred in Algeria in 1996, was fond of sharing this story: He had a very close Muslim friend, Mohammed, and the two of them used to pray together, even as they remained aware of their differences as Muslim and Christian.

  • The power of the written word

    Jan 29, 2015

    Never underestimate the power of the written word (or spoken word, for that matter).

  • It’s time we decide the country we want

    Jan 23, 2015

    Malaysians used to be more tolerant than we are today. Once upon a time in a not-so-distant past, we used to visit each other’s open houses freely without worry.

  • The importance of the interior and private

    Jan 23, 2015

    We can never be challenged too strongly with regards to being committed to social justice.

  • The powerful force of truth, love and non-violence

    Jan 16, 2015

    Recently I have been reading a book called Mohandas Gandhi: Essential Writings/selected with an introduction by John Dear, a Jesuit priest and writer very much involved in the anti-war movement.

  • Understanding and appreciating our differences

    Jan 15, 2015

    It’s common for us to see God’s grace and blessing in what unites us. We naturally sense the presence of grace when, at our core, we feel a strong moral bond with certain other persons, churches, and faiths. That, biblically, is what defines family.

  • Warning behind flood of biblical proportions

    Jan 08, 2015

    The floods in the East Coast and other states at the end of December were almost of biblical proportions, with over a quarter of a million people displaced from their homes.

  • The Visitation — revisited

    Dec 26, 2014

    We are all familiar with the biblical story of the Visitation. It happens at the beginning of Luke’s Gospel.

  • Pope Francis did not say our pets are going to heaven

    Dec 26, 2014

    When Pope Francis recently sought to comfort a distraught boy whose dog had died, the pontiff took the sort of pastoral approach he is famous for, telling the youngster not to worry, that he would one day see his pet in heaven.

  • Honouring talent and grace — Jean Beliveau RIP

    Dec 18, 2014

    For those of you who aren’t Canadian, perhaps this name might not mean much, but, this past week, Canada lost one of its great cultural icons, Jean Beliveau, a famed athlete. He died and all Canadians, including this Canadian in exile, mourn his passing.