Editorials

Christ the King – not of this world

At the culmination of this liturgical calendar, today’s reading reveals that Christ the King, in attitude, appearance and dominion contrasts sharply with our secular perception of […]

Son shine & reign

Signs are everywhere around us, signalling the values and aspirations we nurture and harbour. The decisions we make about our lives as we strive to work […]

Speaking Call Language

Today begins Vocation Awareness Week 2019. This week the faithful will observe several activities to keep the conversation about vocations to the priesthood, religious life and […]

Words hurt or heal

The adage goes: “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me!”.  The thing is that harsh words can and do hurt. […]

Along another path

Since the close of the Second Vatican Council, one of the core debates which has roiled global Catholicism is the question of the relationship between the […]

Making Trinidad and Tobago a real place

It continues to be a trying time in Trinidad and Tobago. On Wednesday morning, citizens were engrossed in the unfolding story of the early-morning rescue of […]

Baptised and Sent

That there was a sag in missionary zeal after Vatican II is indisputable. To some extent this was due to the challenge posed by Nostra Aetate […]

New vision, new mission

When in 1976, Dr Eric Williams led our republic towards a parliamentary democracy and set this country ablaze on a mission, steeped in the belief that […]

Facing head-on the challenges of democracy today

As we get ready to celebrate the nation’s 43rd anniversary of its attainment of republican status, one of the thorny issues with which we are grappling […]

Gold Medals and Greener Pastures

The great news of the accomplishment of Trinidad and Tobago’s Nicholas Paul is like a beacon in the darkness that too often dominates the headlines in […]

We all own this space

Trinidad and Tobago is in its 57th year of independence, and moving to 43 years of republicanism. Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Harris in his final interview with […]

Seeking a new sociology

The nation cannot forget the compelling headline of the Trinidad Guardian, July 21 – ‘The Breaking Point.’ This was followed by Archbishop Gordon’s July 28 column […]

Don’t be a bystander

It is almost becoming normative that people the world-over are choosing to take videos of human distress rather than attempt to help another in a situation […]

To whom much is given…..

What kind of society have we become? What kind of people have we turned into? How can someone run over a human being lying ill on […]

For the good of all

Our nation has had to endure two traumatic weeks. The murder count escalated dramatically in incidents all around the country, on land and sea, sparing no-one, […]

An antidote to anarchy

As Trinidad and Tobago continues her weary struggle with the grim realities of runaway crime, potently manifested by the recent spike in murders, as she grapples […]

Ordinary Couples, Extraordinary Faith

The Feast of Saints Anne and Joachim is observed annually on July 26 and while this is not a major feast day, it is an occasion […]

Who is your neighbour?

The tragic news of the murder of Elliot Verasammy, 62 and his daughter Sarah, hit a community and family hard. He was a well-known figure in […]

Inconvenient Charity

Discipleship is hard and may be costly. Living out Christian values often presents us, individually and collectively, with tough choices, and the choices we face sometimes […]

That, and God’s face…

There is a popular local phrase often used to declare how impossible an achievement something will be for the individual. We say to others “that, and […]

Our daddies who art on Earth

When Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray, He began by establishing who God is in relationship to us and who we are […]

Stirring up the Holy Spirit

“We had not so much as heard that there was such a thing as a Holy Spirit” (Acts 19:2).  An informal and unscientific poll of practising […]

Stay in the city

What do we think of when we think of cities? Of Port of Spain? We think of busy-ness and business— the world of money, of wheeling […]

On one condition

As the crisis next door escalates in magnitude, we Trinis can either choose to bury our heads in the sand or take affirmative action, knowing that […]

Loving fare well

In this Sunday’s gospel the themes of glorification, shame and love are presented to us. Perhaps, you may be tempted to think that these values are […]

Call her blessed

The origins of celebrating mothers can be traced to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honour of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, […]

Feed My Lambs

The unfolding tragedy in Venezuela continues to have reverberations in Trinidad and Tobago. The thousands who have fled our neighbouring state fill our streets and the […]

The Christian resolve

“As the Father sent me, so am I sending you. The Christian community is sent out into the world on a mission that will lead, ultimately, […]

No Good Friday lasts forever

No Good Friday lasts forever, there will always be a Resurrection Sunday. That is the hope we carry as Easter people, that not even death could […]

Messiahs, Heroes and Saviours

We know the story well. Jesus has a triumphal entry into Jerusalem, heralded and hailed with waving palms. We assume that some of these people would […]

Casting the real demons out

There has been increasing talk these days about demons and spiritual warfare. The woes of our country, especially sexual abuse and gang violence, are seen as […]

Don’t pass the buck

A common contemporary trend is to move religion and religious tradition out of the public forum but when the Mathura’s story of being haunted by a […]

A Pruning Season

This third Sunday in Lent is an opportune time to evaluate how our Lenten journey is progressing. Ash Wednesday and all the resolutions that we made […]

Living Lent after the ashes

Long after the ashes have been wiped from our foreheads we are still called upon to live out our Lenten journey, for it is in those […]

Living beyond temptation

We’ve often been urged to treat our body as God’s ‘temple’. Today, on this first Sunday of Lent, as we break open the Word, the Tempter […]

Removing the plank

PEOPLE and institutions that have lost touch with their brokenness and their humanity cannot offer moral guidance to anyone. As Jesus says in this weekend’s gospel […]

Bridging troubled waters

WHETHER we scan the local scene or the global environment, it is difficult not to feel that many of the institutions which have defined civilisation in […]

We were strangers too

Trinidad and Tobago prides itself in being a hospitable and warm nation. Yet despite this self-assessment, the current maltreatment of refugees and asylum seekers might cause […]

Changing our narrative

When he saw the large catch he and the other fishermen had obtained at Christ’s bidding, Simon Peter fell to his knees recognising His power, and […]

More than a few good men

In our Caribbean matriarchal society, decent men are often given short shrift. Many women say: “The only good man is a dead man”. This runs against […]

Church and the Ten-Year Challenge

A current trend on social media is the ‘Ten-Year Challenge’—a look back at photos posted ten years ago, side by side with photos of the same […]

New wine for the nation

The average citizen could only look on in bemusement at the somewhat shambolic turn of events as the country recently approached the deadline for the inspection […]

Produce good fruit

“Produce fruit in keeping with repentance”— John the Baptist’s exhortation to the Pharisees and Sadducees who had no intention of dipping their feet into the water, […]

Wise men wanted: apply within

Welcome to 2019 and the official end of the Christmas season. After today, when the carols have been stilled, the parang and parang soca shelved, the […]

Making A Fresh Start

In purely physical terms, the new year is just the beginning of another cycle of the planet in its orbit around our sun, bringing the four […]

A different kind of power

A huge wave of optimism was brought about by the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth century: freedom, reason and scientific technology would signal […]

That Feeling of Expectancy

A feeling of expectancy had grown among the people, who were beginning to think that John might be the Christ…(Luke 3:15). The Christmas Season throbs with […]

The way we speak

In recent times words like ‘pests’, ‘monster’, ‘animals’, ‘cockroaches’ and other derogatory terms have been used to refer to law-breakers. While this is intended to show […]

ADVENT – Living in hope in hard times

How do we find hope in these hard times, and how does the Church, standing shoulder to shoulder with her faithful, continue to be a sign […]

Christ our revolutionary King

In 1925, Pope Pius XI established the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (formerly Christ the King). Originally in October, it was […]

Poverty, anyone?

There is not a soul on earth who wants to be poor; and none of us was created in order to endure poverty. Deprivation, indignity, suffering […]

Our connection to mission

The overwhelming generosity shown during the recent flood by so many sections of the national community was truly a heartening sign for those of us grown […]

Meeting the ‘Forever’ God

A popular rallying chant at faith-renewal sessions affirms that “When Jesus say ‘yes’ nobody can say no!”. It’s the call of the Shema in the Word […]

Thinking beyond punishment

The heart of the nation is heavy from the recent spate of flooding the likes of which we have not seen in living memory. The Prime […]

Family before Facebook

The appeal of Facebook may be incomprehensible to some — the quick effortless way it sheds light on people’s personal lives; the claims of connecting people […]

Spreading the Benefits and the Burdens

All economies are subject to booms and slumps. The largest economies of the world suffer economic contraction almost in a cyclical fashion. Trinidad and Tobago will […]

A crisis of trust

Divorces are never easy. Other than the divorcing couple, there are many other persons who are also hurt in the process. It must have been difficult […]

Parental Responsibility for Children’s Education

People must assert and defend their constitutional and human rights.  Among these are the rights of parents to educate their children. The 1976 International Covenant on […]

Ending our silent complicity

It was a common adage when growing up that “Children must be seen and not heard” and “Silence is golden”. There are many others, biblical as […]

Identifying voices of Truth and Hope

As the news of the rescue of Natalie Pollonais from the grasp of her kidnappers lit up the social and traditional media, the country breathed collectively […]

The healing gift of free speech

Taking the lead from the text of the weekend Gospel, let us take a moment to reflect on and celebrate the precious gift of ‘freedom of expression’ […]

Who and what are we?

Heart trumps verbal hypocrisy: the Gospels make clear the primacy of love. But, this truth can easily get lost. We learn today to define ourselves by […]

Beyond the Intolerable Language

A ray of hope shone through the population as a police commissioner was at last appointed after acting positions spanning too many years. Gary Griffith was […]

Shepherd to his people

Although leadership in the Church, society and even in our homes continues to be an ongoing challenge,when the Apostolic Nuncio imposed the pallium on Archbishop Jason […]

Beyond ‘the dream team’

Over the past few months the eyes of our nation have been fixed on the appointment process of a new Commissioner of Police (CoP). The debate […]

Seek bread that will last

‘From Captain to Commissioner’ the headline rang, as the potential appointment of former Army Captain Gary Griffith to the post of Commissioner of Police loomed closer. […]

Rekindling Parish Community

For those of us old enough to remember, there was a time when local communities were real and vibrant. Neighbours knew each other’s names; children played […]

The nexus of school and parish

The results are out on the parish discussion on family life, the parish, leadership in Church and society, Catholic education and clergy and vocations. Most of […]

Equipped with only a staff

The threat posed by the weather system, Tropical Storm turned Hurricane Beryl, was met with trepidation by our neighbours from Dominica, Guadeloupe and Puerto Rico. Dominica […]

Use Social media responsibly

On Friday, June 22, there was a 5.3 magnitude earthquake at 9.54 p.m. that was felt in some parts of Trinidad and Tobago. Within twenty hours […]

Not only faith…

As July begins, holidays and trips away from the daily routine and relaxation of the early rising to face the commute to school begin to come […]

Care for our Home in the new catechesis

“There is no one among your relatives who has that name”—This Sunday’s gospel (Luke 1: 61). Sometimes in life we set new trends—from a family of […]

My father’s child

I never thought I would make a good father, far less a good husband, but now, 17 years later I think I might be on to […]

A better face

Xenophobia is typically defined as a fear and suspicion of foreigners. As a behaviour, those who fall victim to this are usually searching for a better […]

A question of survival

In a time when people feel powerless in the face of economic uncertainty and reduced personal security, demonstrations are increasingly being used as a means to […]

Relationship before religion

One of our parish priests asked his former parishioner why she left the Church. Her answer was: “relationship before religion”. She was quite right. And quite […]

The invisible ones

On August 2015 from Manila, The Philippines, Pope Francis addressed a weeping mother, “You respected the life you were carrying inside you, and God is going […]

Working our way back to truth

We are living in a world where everything has changed and we have no sure footing. It’s postmodern, post Christian, post truth. This is particularly troubling […]

The dark side of social media

The recent testimony of Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, to committees of the United States Congress, in respect of the unauthorised use of customer data brought […]

Called to holiness

The Second Vatican Council made a radical step in reminding the Catholic faithful that holiness is the striving and goal of everyone, not just priests and […]

Tobago’s Resurrection possibility

The imbroglio surrounding the sea bridge between Trinidad and Tobago is having increasingly serious consequences for the residents, business people and visitors to Tobago. Despite its […]

Our Easter challenge

Lent has raced to a finish and we now stand in the light of Easter, officially. But given the prevailing mood, it appears that the symbol […]

Hoping in the darkness

The country is going through its own Passion at this time. Many say like Jesus: “My soul is sorrowful unto death.” The government is losing the […]

Making mental health a priority

The anguish of mental illness afflicts our homes, schools, churches and the streets of our nation, with the piercing screams of its sufferers often ignored or […]

Lent, Vulnerability and Volunteerism

It is not unheard of that people stand outside of the National Blood Banks or, General Hospitals selling pints of blood for as high as TT$1500. […]

The Commandments: our road to salvation

The parlous state of our societies and the apparent paralysis of those charged with leadership of the institutions traditionally tasked with the guidance of society have […]

Facing the ISIS Challenge

The admission by Prime Minister Keith Rowley that there is an ISIS cell in Trinidad and Tobago comes as no surprise to many. In July 2017 […]

National threats and temptations

The recent threat to disrupt the Carnival and to throw the country into a subsequent state of panic and confusion has seen the arrest, according to […]

Lent: A challenge for today’s culture

The period of 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving will begin on Ash Wednesday. These 40 days, if well lived and pondered, serve not only […]

Commanded to love

In a society suffering from a perceived lack of models, a phrase from the Letter to the Corinthians offered as part of this weekend’s Scripture Readings […]

A church in need of hope

Disturbing statistics were sent last December to regional vicars of the archdiocese. Most worrying is the continuing decline of numbers at weekend Mass, down from 17 […]

Refugees and immigrants are our brothers and sisters too

Last Sunday was the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (the UNHCR) estimates that there were at least […]

Thinking of our future generations

Our beloved nation of Trinidad and Tobago is rich both in natural and human resources. In view of this wealth, our people must recognise the need […]

A “new thing” springing forth

As we face this new year, we can be excused if a cynical sneer is all the response we can muster to God’s enthusiastic encouragement offered […]

Taking up His cross

On Wednesday, December 27, Charles Jason Gordon was installed as the 11th Archbishop of Port of Spain, and only our third local archbishop. He begins his […]

God’s ‘Othering’

The country is in the throes of an economic recession but it is questionable whether in the light of this more people have turned to God. […]

A Time to Rejoice

Gaudete Sunday, this third Sunday of Advent, is one in which the faithful rejoice, for the feast of the birth of the Lord is near.  The […]

Reducing the inequality gap

Trinidad and Tobago is fast becoming a society of great inequality. Simply put, there are those who live with material abundance and those who have to […]

Our Advent Moment

A week is a long time in politics, they say. In our hectic world, a week is a long time, period.  We forget what happened in […]

Kingship and non-violence

Changing Behaviour Patterns through Peace Building among Youth was the title of a recent symposium on peer mediation held at the Southern Academy of the Performing […]

Sharing the benefits and burdens

The Paradise Papers is the most recent leak to reveal how the super rich around the world as well as global corporations have used off-shore tax […]

A lot to learn about real customer service

Customer service is a phrase loudly touted in all businesses and in government around this country, but many times we are forced to ask: do we […]

The one irreducible reality

As the pace of life becomes increasingly hectic, and the information and demands confronting us more complex, we seem to have adopted a reductionist stance to […]

Seeing red twice

It is said that there are lessons to be learned, and appreciated in our day-to-day situations – good, bad and ugly. I was reminded of this last […]

The pursuit of truth

‘Fact-checking’ has become an indispensable feature of the media in the United States because of the apparent tendency of the Trump administration to stray from the […]

Destructive binary spirituality

We love binary relations in spirituality. God and me; Jesus and me; me and my self-enlightenment; me and my well being. That is where religion begins, […]

Of Inheritance and Legacy

It is interesting that the public holidays celebrating the First Peoples of Trinidad and the Hindu festival of Divali should be observed within a few days […]

Budgeting for Personal Responsibility

A National Budget is basically a statement of a country’s Revenue and Expenditure over a period of a year with some indication of the government’s vision […]

And out of chaos…

“We have lost everything that money can buy…” So we may ask what have we left, not only after the ravages of the ongoing natural disasters, […]

Who will really exact vengeance?

“Resentment and anger, these are foul things and both are found with the sinner. He who exacts vengeance will experience the vengeance of the Lord, who […]

Religion and the moral order

With each passing generation Christian terms become more and more hollow – ‘salvation’, ‘sacraments’, ‘walls of Jericho’, ‘nativity’ etc to name a few. These terms and […]

Cafeteria Christianity

The following commentary by Guyana-based Jesuit priest Fr Jerri Dias appeared in the September 8 issue of the Catholic Standard, the weekly publication of the Diocese […]

Are Catholic schools relevant?

In Catholic schools with increasingly diverse religious populations among students and staff, it is vital that Catholic educators at all levels examine the relevance of our […]

The need for a culture of volunteerism

The disaster, hardship and pain faced by the people of the State of Texas in the United States has once again revealed the mindboggling effects of […]

In our own little worlds

It was a grey weekday afternoon on the Brian Lara Promenade and the usual throng was present. Above the noise of car horns, traffic, and loud […]

The true purpose of education

School looms on the horizon as parents and their charges begin the compulsory journeys to places of learning. The word ‘school’, which derives from a Greek […]

Aspiring to a higher morality

Violent crime is riddling our country. Not to mention white-collar crime too, of which the Financial Investigation Unit (FIU) has just begun to scratch the surface. […]

Salute our golden boys

It has long been stated, even in song, that everybody loves a winner. That’s how we feel today as we bask in the glory of gold […]

Overcoming Prejudice

Prejudice is pervasive and poisonous.  It is defined as “dislike, hostility or unjust behaviour arising from preconceived and unfounded opinions” (Oxford Dictionary).  Prejudice comes in many […]

The tragedy next door

The media reports of immense human suffering in our nearest neighbour Venezuela are and should be a cause for great alarm. In view of the recent […]

Let’s start a chain-reaction

I am really tired of writing about the many ills of our society, which too often gets me down. It is just too much. So, this […]

The flavours of August

In this month of August sandwiched between the celebration of Emancipation and Independence and flavoured with the feelings associated with holidays, we are invited to pause […]

Let Justice be done

The meeting between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition was one of the more hopeful signs witnessed in our country for some time. […]

Ending mediocrity means definitive action

Just a few days ago there was a conversation about the difficulties people encounter as they try to work with our police service. Some will say, […]

The Injustices of Remand

‘They must pay for their crimes!’ And they should. ‘If you do the crime, then do the time!’ Rightly so. But there is a caveat: we […]

Turned off of ‘de bacchanal news’

Believe it or not, I hardly look at local news on television, much to the chagrin of my mother and sister, avid ‘news watchers’. This admission […]

Planting Good Seed

The release of the SEA results earlier this month threw into the spotlight one word which resonated among the top-achieving students and – had they been […]

Serious message in a cartoon

My son loves to look at cartoons. I guess it’s his way of coping with the reality of ‘real’ people and the issues that surround us, so he retreats into the world of cartoons where people are knocked down and get back up, animals talk and act like humans, and except when Jerry gets the better of Tom, there is always a happy ending.

To Educate, Evangelise and Share the Gospel

Pages from earlier editions of the Catholic News, recently included in current editions of the paper, give an insight into the changed readership of the paper over the years. This may be due in part to the profound changes in the society over the 125 years – changes in literacy, self-awareness and sense of a place and a voice within the Church.

Let the children play…

Forgive me, but I cannot see the logic of cutting primary schoolchildren’s lunch hour in half, and cannot believe that such a move will somehow temper the violence that is now so evident in many of the nation’s schools.