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
Bible project celebrates God's Word
Handwritten Bible project begins at the beginningParticipants line up and take their turn in transcribing their assigned passages
- Abe Cerojano, Manila
- July 25, 2011
âI was tense and nervous, but I am honored to be part of history,â he said after completing his task. He was taking part in the launch of the Handwritten Unity Bible project, which was held last week at Vigan cityâs school of La Nuestra Senora de Caridad in Nueva Segovia archdiocese.
Repato is one of 200 people in northern Luzon who have joined in the monumental endeavor of writing out the Bible by hand. Organized by the Catholic Bishopsâ Conference, it also involves the Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate, the Philippine Bible Society and other Christian churches as partners.
The stated aim of this ecumenical project is to âbring together Filipinos nationwideÂ to celebrate Godâs word as a concrete expression of Christian unity.â
Penning 35,656 verses from the 78 books of the Bible is clearly a mammoth undertaking and has started modestly, with relatively low numbers of participants.
However, the Bible Society is confident that numbers will swell between July and December, as its affiliates step up efforts to engage more people in the project.
âSo far, various private organizations have pledged to provide their support and cooperation with the project,â said Pearl Cabrera, one of the organizers. âYou become part of history when you join this project, and this is a rare opportunity that will be hard to ignore.â
Cabrera added that 160 verses, from the books of Genesis and the Psalms, have been gathered from the early stages of the project in northern Luzon and filed with the Handwritten Unity Bible secretariat.