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
A unique way to say thanks to God
Myanmar couple ring up their 100th church bell donationU Charlie Khin and his wife Daw Doris Tun Bo
- ucanews.com reporter, Yangon
- February 11, 2011
Khin, 73, a retired civil servant said God turned the Catholic coupleâs lives around enabling them to own their own home and raise their children comfortably after many years of living in poverty.
Their thanks to God began in 1996, when pastoral council members from Pyay diocese asked if they would like to donate some bells for a local church.
âWe decided after that to donate church bells to show our âgratitudeâ to God for the graces we had received,â said Khin, a parishioner from the Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Yangon.
âI would say itâs inspiration from the Holy Spirit thatâs guided us to donate just over 100 church bells since that initial first donation,â Khin claimed.
The couple has made bell donations across the country, not just to Catholic churches but to Baptist ones too.
U Khinâs family has also donated statues of Our Lady, Sacred Heart, Divine Mercy and Infant Jesus.
âI felt I had received great strength from God and was closer to Him. Peacefulness and Godâs graces lived within me and the desire to donate increased more and more,â U Khin said.
The couple isnât rich. The funds needed to buy the bells came from savings from money their children had given them.
Among the special donations theyâve made were their 50th bell on the 50th anniversary of St. Jude Church in Yangon Archdiocese and their 75th bell on the 75th Anniversary of Hti Tha Saw church in Taungngu diocese.
More recently they donated a 100th church bell for a church in Mawlamyine diocese.
The last bell they will donate will again be in Taungngu diocese, making it their 102nd donation. Thatâs because Khin and is wife left for the United States for good last week, to spend the rest of their lives with their five children.
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