Pastoral Letters

Pastoral Letter – Celebrating Human Life

Cherishing Life

It is indeed positive to note that in our country, there has been an ongoing debate with respect to the way in which a number of couples can address the difficulty of infertilty.  This gives witness just to what extent we cherish human life.  This is even more appreciated when one realizes that in today’s age, in Europe, and in Malta too, a large part of society is stingy with respect to new life, in the sense that the birth rate is low… Read more »

The Exile – Lent 2012

Dear brothers and sisters,

Once again, it is the time of Lent. The culmination of Lent is the suffering, death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  These events are very relevant for our lives and during the coming forty days, we need to reflect upon them and prepare ourselves, not only through prayer, but also by pondering upon their relevance in our lives… Read more »

PASTORAL LETTER FOR CHILDREN – LENT 2012

Għeżież tfal,

Wasalna għaż-żmien tar-Randan.  Dan huwa żmien li jfakkarna fit-tbatija, il-mewt u l-Qawmien ta’ Sidna Ġesù Kristu.  Dawn il-ġrajjiet huma tant importanti fil-ħajja tagħna li hemm bżonn naħsbu ftit aktar fuqhom u nippreparaw għalihom tul dawn l-erbgħin jum li ġejjin.  Dawn l-erbgħin jum iridu jgħinuna biex inġibu quddiem għajnejna dawn il-ġrajjiet billi nitolbu, iżda wkoll billi naraw kif jistgħu jgħinuna fil-ħajja tagħna… Read more »

THE COURAGE TO RENEW ONESELF – ADVENT 2011

Brothers and sisters,

We bring you this letter on the first Sunday of Advent – the time which leads us to Christmas. From the human point of view, Christmas is the story of two persons – Mary and Joseph – and how they altered their lives for Jesus to enter into. Both were enlightened by God. Mary’s response was “I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to His Word”… Read more »

THE QUALITY OF CHRISTIAN LIFE – OCTOBER 2011

Brothers and sisters,

We are writing to you after moments of silence and reflection. We wish to say this in a calm moment hoping that it will enter the heart of each one of us. We feel that we must take important decisions on the quality of Christian life of each and every one of us. These decisions will help us to be a Church that is a leaven to today’s society… Read more »

OPTING IN FAVOUR OF PERMANENT MARRIAGE – REFERENDUM 2011

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

On this fifth Sunday of Easter, God has offered us the gift of his Word in order that it may enlighten us, at a moment when, as Catholics, we are called upon to make a choice in favour of our Lord Jesus Christ: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; No one comes to the Father, except through me” (John 14, 6)… Read more »

GOD’S REASONING – CHRIST’S REASONING – LENT 2011

Brothers and Sisters,

For the Christian Community, Lent is a time to reflect upon the will of God the Father and how our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished it by his death on the cross.  It is also an invitation for us to fulfill God’s will in all its aspects.

The Lord has several ways of revealing to us the different facets of God’s plan… Read more »

PASTORAL LETTER FOR CHILDREN – LENT 2011

What God wants – what Jesus wants

Dear children,

During Lent, all Christians, young and old, are invited to take the time to think about what God wants from us, and to remember how Jesus carried out His Father’s plan wholeheartedly, right up to His death on the cross.  Today, Jesus is inviting you, too, to do what God the Father wants.  He shows us how we can do this in many different ways… Read more »

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CRIB IN OUR FAMILIES – ADVENT 2010

Dear brethren,

As Christians, at Christmastime, we rejoice for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, an event which we acknowledge as the coming of the Son of God, as man, in our midst.

Yet we cannot fail to stand in awe if we pause to consider the greatness of the love with which God the Father prepared for the coming of his Son among us… Read more »