Columns

  • Faith, doubt, dark nights and maturity

    Nov 20, 2015

    In one of his books on contemplative prayer, Thomas Keating shares with us a line that he occasionally uses in spiritual direction.

  • Healing – a theory

    Nov 13, 2015

    All of us live with some wounds, bad habits, addictions, and temperamental ? aws that are so deeply ingrained and long-standing that it seems like they are part of our genetic make-up.

  • In the beginning was the Word…the power of words

    Nov 13, 2015

    We are immersed in words, in various forms, in everyday life — the printed word, the published word, the written word, the spoken word through discussions. Words, words, words — so many words that we sometimes despair that we have an information overload in this digital age.

  • Religion, secular thought, and health and happiness

    Nov 06, 2015

    There is no such thing as pure objectivity, a view that is free of all bias.

  • Socrates, thinking critically, and the 1MDB debate

    Nov 06, 2015

    The ability to think critically and analyse the reality of the day is, perhaps, the starting point on the road to wisdom and understanding.

  • Displacing ego and narcissism

    Oct 30, 2015

    The Buddhists have a little axiom that explains more about ourselves than we would like.

  • Turn to user-pay model is hurting the rakyat

    Oct 29, 2015

    closer look at the various measures introduced in the recently unveiled budget reveals to us that the trend towards weakened social solidarity is continuing.

  • The stigma of suicide

    Oct 22, 2015

    Recently I read, in succession, three books on suicide, each written by a mother who had lost one of her children to suicide.

  • The last pope?

    Oct 21, 2015

    Some time ago, I had a rather interesting conversation with a conservative Catholic, who was disturbed with the direction the Church was heading under the Bishop of Rome, Francis.

  • Innocence, complexity, and sanctity

    Oct 15, 2015

    Some years ago, I officiated at a wedding. As the officiating priest, I was invited to the reception and dance that followed upon the church service.