In the aftermath of the games

In the aftermath of the games

Volume 17, Issue 7 I’M WONDERING HOW things are with you in the aftermath of the Commonwealth Games. From most accounts it seems to have been a resounding success, and that is hardly surprising seeing how much preparation went into every facet of its staging. The irony is, however, that the sheer magnitude of the enterprise as well as its all-embracing impact at every level of the community can leave many of us with an emptiness, a sense of sadness that it is all over. There might even be an added feeling among some that there is nothing to replace the excitement and competitiveness of...

Taking the UN seriously

Volume 17, Issue 5

ONE OF THE MOST STINGING criticisms that I hear leveled against the Church is that it is irrelevant. Whether or not that is true is a matter of contention. However, I am in no doubt that were it to operate to its full potential it has the capacity to be truly relevant to us as a total human family and to this wonderful world that we populate.

What will make your new year happy?

Volume 17, Issue 1

AS THE DAYS OF 2005 WERE slipping away and as those initiating the New Year were unfolding for us, you were undoubtedly caught up in giving and receiving the constant exclamation for that period: “Happy New Year.”

He shared the Christ that he carried within him

Volume 17, Issue 2

AS I LOOK BACK ON 2005, MY most powerful response is one of gratitude. I say this because so much that took place during last year realised the fulfillment of many of my long held aspirations. For instance, for a great deal of my adult life I nurtured a constant yearning to visit some of the key battle fields of World War I. Though I had not lost a close relative in those four harrowing years – 1914 to 1918 – I had somehow acquired over my journey a sense of reverence, respect and gratitude to my fellow countrymen who had ‘paid the supreme sacrifice’ in those far off places.

The pen portrait of a priest

Free to be PriestVolume 17, Issue 3

ONCE ONE IS TRAINED IN A particular trade or profession, one develops skills that are never lost. The individual concerned might well turn his or her hand to the pursuit of other paths in life, but the basic knowledge already acquired in those formative years is an ever-ready resource available to be drawn upon.