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 must not fear being branded intolerant, says Pope
The Pope has urged a group of his former students to stick to the principles of their faith and be led by truth.
- David Kerr
- September 6, 2012
â€śToday, the concepts of truth and intolerance have almost fused together, so that to say that one has the truth becomes synonymous with intolerance. And we Christians do not dare to believe or to speak about the truth,â€ť the Pope said in his homily during Sunday morning Mass at Castel Gandolfo.
The Sept. 2 liturgy at the papal summer residence marked the conclusion of this yearâ€™s Ratzinger SchĂĽlerkreis or Ratzinger Student Circle. Since 1977 the annual event has drawn together those who defended their doctoral theses with the present Pope during his years teaching theology at various universities in Germany.
According the Vatican Radio, Pope Benedictâ€™s homily was based on an analysis of a passage in the Book of Deuteronomy that recalled how Israel received Godâ€™s law, which brought it authentic wisdom. The Pope said this wisdom was a gift to take joy in, rather than the result of some individual genius.
Similarly, he said, the Church is a â€śuniversal Israelâ€ť that must also take joy in Godâ€™s gift of Christ, the Law made flesh, without any sense of triumphalism but with gratitude for a gift we did not create. We must learn â€śto allow ourselves to be led by the truth,â€ť he said, â€śthen the truth will be able to shine through us anew, for the salvation of the world.â€ť
Last year, for the first time ever, the SchĂĽlerkreis also included those who have written their doctrinal theses on texts by Joseph Ratzinger, now known as Pope Benedict XVI. With the addition of those students, the number of those participating in the three days of closed-door seminars increased to approximately 40.
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Source: Catholic News Agency