The Joy of 40 years of Teaching

Note: I wrote this first in 2010 but have revised it several times since then. To celebrate Teacher’s Day and to incorporate my experience of teaching in the pandemic, I rewrote it again today – 5 October 2021. There are five things I am immensely grateful for in my life. These are, and not necessarily…

To Build Better, we need Inclusive Capitalism

Co-written with Jayvy Gamboa. ‘Is inclusive capitalism not the same as vicious capitalism, now only couched in a more PR-friendly way?’ Trusted. Fair. Responsible. Dynamic. Sustainable. This is how the Council for Inclusive Capitalism with the Vatican envisions a reimagined capitalist economic system for the world. Launched in December 2020, the Council, under the moral…

Catechesis on Community Pantries

“What we are seeing in action is this political love.” The gospel on the Sixth Sunday of Easter is familiar. Jesus, speaking to his disciples, issues a clear command:  “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.  If you keep my commands, you will remain in my…

Media and the coronavirus: Frontliners against the ‘infodemic’

Co-authored with Jayvy Gamboa In the novel The Plague by Albert Camus, Raymond Rambert is a journalist from Paris visiting Oran, a plague-stricken town. Longing for his wife, Rambert stubbornly appeals to the authorities, and then eventually resorts to illegal smugglers, just to break quarantine. At the night of his negotiated escape, however, he finally releases his…

Government in times of plagues

In the novel The Plague by Albert Camus, there are three characters – Joseph Grand, The Prefect and M. Othon – that represent how government officials responds to pestilence. In this coronavirus pandemic, their responses are mirrored by today’s officials. First let us examine Joseph Grand. He is a fifty-year-old clerk working for the city…

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