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 'St. Paul would be proud of faith-filled Malta'

 Editor’s Note: While working for the Denver Catholic Register, I was able to visit the island of Malta for the Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck. In honor of the closing of the Year of St. Paul, the article is reprinted here, with permission. -- David Myers

The narrow street in Valetta, the capital city of Malta, was alive with band music and fireworks as hundred of faithful waited under a sea of confetti for the highlight of the annual five-day Feast of the Shipwreck of St. Paul. 
In 60 A.D., while on his way to Rome to stand trial for heresy, St. Paul, along with St. Luke, was shipwrecked off the coast of Malta and made a brief visit to the Mediterranean island, setting a course of Catholic identity that has flourished over the centuries.
    During his three-month stay on Malta, 60 miles south of Sicily, St. Paul converted the Roman governor, Publius, after healing his sick father. Publius would become the first bishop of Malta, which led to the conversion of nearly the entire populace.
    Almost 2,000 years later, the country, with a population a little larger than Wichita’s, has 365 churches and an 85 percent practicing Catholic population. The faith of the Maltese, all of whom learn English as a first language, can be seen in the large number of festas, one of which is celebrated nearly every weekend to honor a town’s or village’s patron saint.
    During the highlight of the Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck, as distant cannons boomed and a massive crowd erupted in cheers, a 300-year-old colorful, wooden statue of the saint, carried by several strong-armed men, emerged from the doors of the Church of St. Paul Shipwrecked to be processed throughout the streets of Valletta.
Like most cities in Malta, Valetta is a living, breathing history text, its churches containing masterpieces dating back hundreds of years, its native limestone construction still holding true after the passing of centuries.
    During a visit to a limestone quarry, the five Catholic reporters from the United States invited to Malta met Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who was touring the island with his wife and son, Father Paul David Scalia.
    Valetta was built in 1566 by the Knights of St. John after they defended the island from an unsuccessful three-month siege by an Ottoman fleet. The order of Knights were established in Jerusalem in 1099 to care for sick pilgrims in the Holy Land. Later, the Knights of St. John were forced to take on a militaristic role, and after Emperor Charles V ceded Malta to the Knights in 1524, they defended the island against numerous  military threats.
    Napoleon overthrew the island in the late 1700s. Malta officially became part of the British Empire in 1814 as agreed in the Treaty of Paris, and on Sept. 21, 1964, Malta achieved its independence. The republic of Malta joined the European Union in 2004.
    The Knights of St. John, also called the Knights of Malta, continue to be a stronghold in the church today, most recently providing medical attention to the suffering in Zaire. The Cross of St. John, which contains eight points, each representing a Beatitude, can still be found on many structures throughout Malta.
    Like St. Paul, pilgrims traveling to Malta today may be instantly taken by the friendliness of the Maltese. When asked about life on the island, Raymond Booker, who was taking a break from his work at a local hotel to get in a little fishing, smiled and softly commented, “It’s a nice and quiet place. No problems; no fights.”
    It’s not difficult to become enveloped in the rich atmosphere of Malta, as well as the beauty of the environment. The island is blanketed with rolling hills; stone fences criss-cross the countryside, limestone buildings with wooden balconies line the streets. Tiny cafes and stores are found around every corner, as are the museum-like churches.
    One such church, in the city of Mosta, contains a vast dome through which a German bomb fell during World War II. Miraculously, and to the surprise of the parishioners, the bomb simply bounced and rolled down the aisle.
    The Church of St. Paul Shipwrecked in Valletta contains a relic of the bone from the wrist of St. Paul, as well as a portion of the column on which he was beheaded.
    A short drive to Rabat brings one to the grotto where St. Paul is said to have lived during his three-month stay.
    It’s difficult to drive for more than a few minutes without seeing the Mediterranean on the horizon. A mecca for European tourists, Malta is known for its hot summers and sandy beaches.
    To the north lies the emerald green island of Gozo. After a brief ferry ride across the Mediterranean, one can experience a culture similar to Malta, if not even more laid back. There, one can still find people riding to work in two-wheel, horse-drawn buggies.  
    The Basilica of Ta’Pinu was built on the site where a peasant woman is said to have heard the voice of the Virgin Mary in the latter part of the 19th Century. Two rooms adjacent to the sanctuary are filled with crutches, baby clothes and other items placed as reminders of miracles attributed to the shrine.
    As on Malta, the influence of the Catholic Church abounds. Shrines can be seen adorning nearly every private abode, even alongside a lonely country road.
    As Pope John Paul II said when he visited Malta in 1990, St. Paul would be proud of what Malta has become. While growing economically, Malta has not let commercialism overpower its people’s devotion. Malta has stood fast in faith over the centuries, offering a celebration of history, faith and strong moral values to any weary traveler.

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KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
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April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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