Compassion fatigue

Recently I had the joy of attending an interesting seminar on Compassionate Care for Health Care Workers: The Way Forward in Medicine and Health Care. This seminar was organized by the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Malta as well as by the Pastoral Commission for Health Care Workers of the Archdiocese of Malta. Continue reading Compassion fatigue

The exaltation of the Cross

On Saturday September 14 the Church celebrated the Feast of the exaltation of the Cross. One may naturally ask: But why is the Cross to be exalted?

Before rushing to answering this important question we need to pause and think slowly about Who is crucified on the Cross? To begin with, for the Jews the cross was a sign of curse and shame. Continue reading The exaltation of the Cross

Int bis-serjetà?!

Kont miexi fil-kuritur tal-isptar. Għaddej sieket sieket. Fuq xogħli. Meta, f’daqqa waħda, fis-sular ta’ isfel nett, nisma’ il-kumment. Ġej mill-bogħod ‘il bogħod. Imma ħej, li għalija, kien viċin viċin. L-għaliex kien, iva, ħiereġ ħiereġ minn diskursata pjuttost imqanqla. Int bis-serjetà? wieġbet lil min kienet qed titħaddet miegħu fuq l-ismartphone. Continue reading Int bis-serjetà?!

The power of silence

Some weeks ago, a friend suggested to me the book by Cardinal Robert Sarah, The power of silence against the dictatorship of noise. In this profound and soul-searching book Cardinal Sarah writes: “Silence is more important than any other human work for it expresses God. The true revolution comes from silence; it leads us towards God and others so as to place ourselves humbly and generously at their service”. Continue reading The power of silence

Attent/a għall-kamera!

Waħda mill-kelmiet li l-aktar li jispikkaw illum, fit-taħdit tagħna ta’ kuljum, hi l-imbierka kamera! Jew, biex ngħidha a la Amerikana, il-cam!

Illum ħafna mid-devices moderni li nużaw għandhom il-kamera. Jew il-cam. Ħu Facebook. Inkella l-whatz up. U anki l-viber. U, bilħaqq u biex żgur li ma ninsihx: l-ismartphone! Tiċċajta jekk il-mobile ikollux jużaha l-kamera miskin! Ara kemm nieħu selfies! U kemm niġbdu videos! Issa l-għaliex morna l-baħar. Imbagħad l-għaliex morna quddiesa. Jew għax ħarġet il-vara. U mbagħad għax ħareġ il-marċ. U wara l-għaliex it-tifla, it-tifel, in-neputi u n-neputija għamlu l-ewwel tqarbina. U allura viva l-cam ħi! Continue reading Attent/a għall-kamera!

A credible teacher of how to combat evil in our world

On Monday 23 September the Catholic world celebrated one of the most popular saints ever, St. Pio of Pietrelcina. A dominant characteristic in the holy life of Padre Pio is his constant combat with the devil and evil. Continue reading A credible teacher of how to combat evil in our world

Mary’s joyous birthday

On Sunday 8 September we celebrated the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

As I listened attentively to the liturgical readings being read at Church, while celebrating the 7 am Mass at Mater Dei Chapel, I was really touched by the word joy. Yes indeed! The birth of the Virgin Mary brought about joy throughout the entire world. It is as if the whole creation was waiting for the coming of the Mother of God amongst us! As Psalm 13 joyfully proclaims: Though I trusted in your mercy, let my heart rejoice in your salvation. Let me sing of the Lord, “He has been good to me.” Continue reading Mary’s joyous birthday