Tag: Suffering

Bad Things, Good People, and a Pastoral Response

Recently I had the grace of following the module Early Jewish and Christian archeology and art in the course, The Beginnings of Christianity within First Century Judaism, organized by the Pastoral Formation Programme of our Archdiocese of...

The Narrow Gate

If the angels were capable of envy, they would envy us for two things; one is the receiving of Holy Communion, and the other is suffering. (Diary 1804) Today, millions of Catholics, religious and lay people, continue to pray for the situation in...

Eyes on the Lord; Not on the Waves

Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” But when he saw how [strong] the wind was he became frightened and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord save me!” The second time...

A Wish

As a pastor, a source of serious concern is having to remind parishioners, more often than in the past, that Jesus’ Resurrection, his victory over all evils, death included, is irreversible and unstoppable. At increasing frequency, what we see on...

The Art of Denying One’s Self

The month of May carries the full beauty of Spring and sets aside a special day to celebrate mothers. Mother’s Day. A day of celebration for those who are mothers and grandparents. The joy that comes from standing up to receive a blessing...

At the Foot of the Cross

We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who...

The Thorny Problem of Human Suffering

Our readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time tackle the thorny problem of human suffering, as well as the suffering of the just and of innocent people, including children. I would like to reflect on this troubling problem in the context of...

With Change, There is a Leaving Behind

On Friday, June 19, 2020, I was officially transferred from Mater Dei Hospital, Malta’s General Hospital, to the Oncology Centre of Sir Anthony Mamo, Malta’s only centre which specializes in cancer treatment. The move was significant for more than...