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
Christians discuss social responsibilities
Churches must stand up for those who need help most, forum toldClergy and laymen discuss their roles and responsibilities
- ucanews.com reporter, Colombo
- Sri Lanka
- April 13, 2011
â€śWe have to take risks in carrying out social reform and not work in air-conditioned rooms,â€ť Jesuit Father Lasantha de Abrew told a forum of Christian clergy and laymen discussing â€śRoles and Responsibilities of Christians in Social Reform.
â€śWe must restore the dignity of the person, and that applies to the minorities in our country,â€ť he told the gathering at the Caritas Sri Lanka auditorium organized by the Christian Alliance for Social Action.
Churches must stand beside victims, he said.
â€śRecognition of minorities means recognizing the other as my brother or sister. This is easy to talk about but difficult in practice,â€ť Fr de Abrew said.
Tens of thousands were killed in almost three-decades of civil war. About 75,000 people have been listed as missing since 2004.
"We need to restore peopleâ€™s dignity such as unwed mothers. Christians also have to prioritize to help those most in need. War widows should be given priority,â€ť Fr. de Abrew said.
â€śIf we want change, we must become agents of change. Spirituality means bringing about inner transformation,â€ť observed retired Anglican Bishop Kumara Illangesinghe.
â€śWe cannot ignore the plurality of Sri Lankan society and the importance of ecumenism and interfaith involvement to enrich society,â€ť he added.
The bishop summed up by saying that education and awareness building programs are important for the future.
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