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
Festival unites Christians, HindusBrahma Kumari tying the sacred thread on the wrist of Bishop Aloysius Paul Dâ€™Souza of Mangalore on August 13
- Francis Rodrigues
- August 15, 2011
The festival is marked by the sister tying a sacred thread on the brotherâ€™s wrist. The brother in turn showers her with money and gifts and pledges to protect her all her life.
Though the festival is more popular in the northern regions, some Hindu religious women called Brahma Kumaris renewed brotherhood with the clergy in the southern state of Karnataka, where violence against Christians is rife.
Brahma Kumaris of Iswariya Vishwa Vidyalaya tied the sacred thread on the wrist of Bishop Aloysius Paul Dâ€™Souza of Mangalore, the port city of Karnataka.
â€śThis is a very fine gesture of brotherhood and sisterhood in the present context ofÂ communal confusion,â€ť said the prelate.