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
End of the world can wait, says Jesuit
Priest addresses faith implications at seminar, urges end to fearJesuit Father Thomas Aquino Deshi Ramadhani
- Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta
- April 11, 2011
âThe end of the world is a hope which should bring joy,â said Jesuit Father Thomas Aquino Deshi Ramadhani, a Bible lecturer at Jakartaâs Driyarkara School of Philosophy and Catholic University of Atma Jaya.
More than 300 people, mostly elderly, attended a seminar on April 10 organized by the Biblical Pastoral Desk of St. Joseph Church in Matraman, East Jakarta, discussing the worldâs end from the Catholic perspective.
âThe end of the world is something we should wait for according to our faith. Strangely, we get afraid when we hear about the end of the world. What is wrong with our faith?â he asked participants.
âThe Bibleâs journey from the beginning until the end is about the journey from the creation of âthe first heavens and earthâ (Genesis 1) until the creation of âthe new heaven and the new earthâ (Revelation 21),â the head of the schoolâs theology department said.
Another speaker Karlina Supelli, Driyarkaraâs cosmology and science lecturer, linked the worldâs end with environmental destruction caused by mankind.
âHumansâ modern consumption patterns contribute to such destruction. If these do not change, we will need two earths by 2050 so as to support our lifestyle,â she said.