Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Author lists the eight cultural groups most likely to succeed
New book draws widespread condemnation
Author Amy Chua (picture: Huffington Post)
- Yasmine Hafiz for the Huffington Post
- United States
- January 7, 2014
Controversial author and Yale Law professor Amy Chua gained notoriety for her tough parenting memoir "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," and now she's back to let the world know which eight cultural groups "do better than others" when it comes to achieving success in America.
"The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America" is her latest work, co-written with her husband and fellow Yale Law professor Jed Rubenfeld. They claim that some groups in America are simply inherently more likely to succeed than others.
The pair specifically names the eight social groups that they deem superior, which include two religious groups. Chua and Rubenfeld belong to two of them. The New York Post listed the groups worthy of praise:
The description for their book on Amazon.com states:
It may be taboo to say, but some groups in America do better than others. Mormons have recently risen to astonishing business success. Cubans in Miami climbed from poverty to prosperity in a generation. Nigerians earn doctorates at stunningly high rates. Indian and Chinese Americans have much higher incomes than other Americans; Jews may have the highest of all.
Why do some groups rise? Drawing on groundbreaking original research and startling statistics, The Triple Package uncovers the secret to their success. A superiority complex, insecurity, impulse control—these are the elements of the Triple Package, the rare and potent cultural constellation that drives disproportionate group success.
Her critics have come from all sides to slam their characterization of race and religion in the United States.
Source: Huffington Post