Kamarti …

Patri Mario Attard OFM Cap

Dan l-aħħar kelli laqgħa fil-kunvent fejn bdejt l-avventura jew il-ħolma li l-Mulej tani, bi grazzja u mhux l-għaliex jistħoqqli, li ngħix. Ħolma li issa tlaħħmet f’ħajti l-għaliex sirt Patri Franġiskan Kapuċċin. Is-sħab ma baqax sħab. Sar stil ta’ ħajja. Rejaltà.

Dħalt fil-kunvent pittoresk tagħna l-Kapuċċini tal-Kalkara. Għat-8.30 ta’ filgħodu. Diġà l-mawra tiegħi lejn il-kunvent issaqqet mill-grazzja tal-karità. Wieħed mill-Patrijiet żgħażagħ tagħna tani lift sal-kunvent. Kemm apprezzajt! Continue reading “Kamarti …”

The Three words

Fr Mario Attard OFM Cap

The 31st World Youth Day that took place in Krakow from 26 to 31 July was an outstanding celebration of hope, mercy and compassion for young people particularly at a time when our shattering world is experiencing such a deep suffering as well as terrible cruelty. Three powerful messages from Pope Francis which the now empty fields of Campus Misericordia and Blonia Park certainly reverbate to all those who visit or simply think about them can be encapsulated into the following three phrases: (1) the exhortation to dream big; (2) not to be afraid to embark on risks; and (3) to get up off one’s comfortable sofa and leave a mark on life. Continue reading “The Three words”

On littleness

Fr Mario Attard OFM Cap

In a world which exalts the powerful and the machos in many ways being little is senseless. In fact, for the arrogant it is sheer folly! Yet, for those who really want to be great they have to be little.

This is what I gather from Pope Francis’ homily on the occasion of his visit marking the 1050thanniversary of the ‘Baptism of Poland’ in a Mass which he celebrated at the Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa on Thursday 28 July 2016. The Pope’s incisive words vividly reminded me of Jesus’ joyous exclamation as recorded by the evangelist Matthew. “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will” (Matt 11:25-26). Continue reading “On littleness”