By Grant Tungay SJ

This week is the start of Advent, a period of waiting and reflection as we head towards the celebration of the birth of Christ at Christmas. It can be an incredibly rich time of grace. If we entered into the period of Advent with dedication and a firm resolve to slow life down, we would approach the Christmas celebration well prepared. 

Fundamentalism isn’t Muslim

Fr. Chris Clohessy

The word ‘fundamentalism’ isn’t a Muslim word, though now, in the press, it almost always refers to a type of Islam (or Muslim). It’s a Christian word, first used in the early 1900s, when there was an increasing attack on traditional biblical teachings by science and rationalism. The word described a specific Christianity that returned to the texts and read them and their meaning them in a more particular but often very literal way.  But the word fundamentalist is less frequently used for that historical moment and more often for a particular expression of Islam.

Every drop counts

By Frances Correia

Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Water;

she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.

(St Francis of Assisi)

Water is the topic of the moment, as we wait in this growing heatwave with increasing desperation for rain. For those of us living in the major cities the lack of water is an inconvenience, to put it mildly. For the rural community it is a disaster. Moreover, as crops fail and cattle die, it will increase food prices and raise food insecurity. This year we are faced with the reality that South Africa, despite the relatively heavy rains of the last decade, is a water scarce country. We need to be prepared for this.