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
Franciscans offer blood for Lent
Congregation finds a way to help save livesFranciscan students taking a rest after donating blood
- ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh city
- March 21, 2011
ÔÇťAround 65 Franciscan┬ábrothers and aspirants volunteered for the program at a mobile blood transfusion center at the Franciscan-run seminary based in Ho Chi Minh City on March 20,ÔÇŁ said Brother Joseph Le Minh Chuyen, who is in charge of social activities.
Other people in the area also came to the seminary make donations, he said.
Peter Cao Huu Nghia, 20, an aspirant, said it was the second time he had donated blood at the seminary.
ÔÇťI wanted to do something helpful for people in need this Lent. Donating blood means saving people,ÔÇŁ he said.
The brothers said they had also donated nine million dong to buy rice and for poor local people.
The Franciscan-run seminary teaches philosophy and theology to 38 Franciscan students and 74 students from other congregations.
Catholics give blood to save patients