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-reading 'fuels the mind'
Catholics want to prove they know more than just reciting prayersFather Phan Ngoc Ngon, spiritual director of the Federation of Biblical Association in Taipei, in a Biblical seminar
- Francis Kuo, Taipei
- March 25, 2011
This is the goal of Taipei archdioceseâ€™s Federation of the Bible Apostolate and the Council of Lay Apostolate, who this year, will promote Bible-reading and the correct way to do so to help laypeople build their faith and Bible knowledge.
â€śThe general public in Taiwan has the opinion that Catholics only know how to recite prayers or the Rosary. Our Bible-reading campaign intends to change that perception,â€ť said Theresa Lee, chair of the Bible federation.
A recent Bible-reading seminar in the archdiocese attracted more than 100 Catholics from different parishes, while an island-wide seminar is scheduled for November.
Lee was born a Catholic, but left the Church in her teenage years. She said she returned to the fold when she and a friend began reading the Bible.
She said she really enjoys Bible-reading. Itâ€™s â€ślike a gas station for humankind to fuel energy,â€ť she said.
The seminar was to â€śenhance our senses to listen and feel truth, goodness and love from the Word of God,â€ť she said.
Taking the campaign further will be the lay councilâ€™s â€śNew Five-Ones Movement.â€ť
Council chairperson Joseph Lee explained that the movement aims to introduce a â€śfourth mealâ€ť for the spiritual growth of Catholics.
The five â€śonesâ€ť are for people to read the Bible and pray 10 minutes each day; to read one religious book each month; to write one article for the website of oneâ€™s own parish; to join at least one lay association; and to live out one Biblical verse each month.
However, the two Church groups have a lot to do to succeed.
A federation survey last September revealed that there are 1,032 faithful in 107 Bible-reading classes in 57 churches. This means out of 38,037 Catholics in Taipei, only one out of 38 laypeople has joined a Bible-reading class.