December 02, 2016
"Advent" means "coming" and coming is something that happens from the future. At this time of year I remind myself that my whole life is lived in expectation of something that is coming, and that does not merely mean December 25.
November 25, 2016
The Melanau who live in Dalat, a little village along the banks of the Oya River in Sarawak in the Malaysian part of Borneo island, lead a peaceful life. They are said to be one of the most peaceful people among the indigenous people of Sarawak. The majority here are Catholics. Families proudly trace their religious roots to the time the Mill Hill Missionaries set up the first Catholic Mission here in the late 1800s. While the elderly remain steadfast to their faith, many of the young are increasingly turning to state-sponsored Islam for better economic prospects in the towns and cities. Despite worries of change, tolerance continues to be a way of life. Families have adapted to having a Muslim branch and all come together during various occasions. Still the elderly worry their tolerant ways, where no one lives in isolation, no one is a stranger and everyone is family, will one day vanish. (Photos by Michael Coyne)