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
Hong Kong greets Don Bosco relics
Thousands turn out for glimpse of saint before casket heads to MacauWelcoming ceremony for Saint John Boscoâ€™s relics on March 25 (photo courtesy the Salesian Bulletin)
- ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
- Hong Kong
- March 28, 2011
The relics arrived to a welcoming ceremony at the Salesian Tang King Po School on March 25, officiated by Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun and Salesian provincial Father Simon Lam.
Over the weekend, there were four gatherings for primary schoolchildren, teenagers and adult Catholics, as well as an all-night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Lee King-to, a worker at the Salesian youth pastoral office, said many young people including non-Catholic students at Salesian schools know of the saintâ€™s life and his concern and love for youths from movies.
â€śSeeing his relics up close now affirms their appreciation for Saint Bosco,â€ť he said.
Hong Kong is the latest stage on a world tour of Saint John Boscoâ€™s relics organized by the Salesian society to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the saint's birth.
The relics, which contain the right metacarpal bone of the saint within a life-size wax replica of his body in a glass coffin, are touring all the schools and communities of the Salesian family in Hong Kong today and tomorrow. This part of the tour will end with a Mass at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception on March 31. Â The relics will then proceed to Macau.
Ma Tak-wai, a Salesian school alumna said getting the chance to see the relics was a moving experience.
â€śWe heard many stories about the saint. But it was wonderful to see the relics.â€ť
Saint John Bosco is also a familiar figure to Apple Joyce So. She said she appreciated the saintâ€™s joyful spirit and his way of leading youths.
Having seen the relics, the university student said she will tell her friends â€śBosco stories, as they are often unhappy with their academic results and family relationships.â€ť
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