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
Bringing smiles to the differently-abled
Home has been looking after the disabled for 78 yearsNatalina (left) with a companion
- Julian Das, Secunderabad
- March 15, 2011
There was an electrifying sparkle in the 35-year-oldās infectious smile as she stretched out her hand and welcomed guests.
Natalina is one of 235 women and children, and 95 men living at the Home for the Disabled in Bansilapet, Secunderabad in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
Natalina, picked up from a hospital in Secunderabad when she was barely six and diagnosed with cancer two months ago, was enthusiastically serving breakfast to some special guests last week.
The guests included four bishops and twelve priests attending a āConsultation on decentralization of Radio Veritas Asiaās South Asian Languages Programā in the city and had made a brief visit to the Home.
The 78-year-old home, run by St Anneās Sisters of Providence, is administered by a Hindu, a Muslim, a Christian and a Parsi, said the homeās secretary, Father Raymond Ambroise.
Every meal is paid for by locals, says the priest, whoās had an association with the home for 45 years.
Most of the residents were picked up from the streets or hospitals, says Sister Esther George, 77.
All the work except the cooking is done by the residents. Those who are bed-ridden or wheelchair bound are āadoptedā by other residents and taken care of, says the retired nun.
Wheelchair bound Philomena, 65, who has been a resident for 54 years, looks after the women and childrenās section in the home. She has been nicknamed the āmanagerā.
Sister George, who has spent 49 years with the home, says it was Sister Mary Pietrina Joseph who shaped the institutionās character during the 45 years she spent there until her death in 2003.
She was called the Mother Teresa of Secunderabad for her services to the disabled, concludes Sister George.
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