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
Image of Calungsod starts national tour
Image brought from Rome to recharge young people's faithTacloban residents flock to welcome the image of San Pedro Calungsod
- Ronald O. Reyes, Tacloban City
- November 15, 2012
The image of Calungsod, the country's second saint who was canonized less than a month ago, arrived in Tacloban City today to be greeted with a rousing welcome from Catholic residents.
Demetrio Cinco Jr., a youth volunteer from Cebu who accompanied the saint's image from Rome, called on young people gathered at the Sto. Nino church today to continue propagating the life and works of Calungsod.
"We must increase the degree of faith in our young people nowadays," he said. "More than the guidance of their parents, they need a saint whose life they can emulate."
Cinco hopes to accompany the image to every one of 36 cities on its tour around the country, to explain the virtues of Calungsod to young people.
Pedro Calungsod from the central Philippines who served the Jesuit Mission in the Marianas as a teenage catechist and helper from 1668 until his martyrdom in 1672.
Calungsod was formally beatified on March 5, 2000 by Blessed Pope John Paul II. He was officially canonized by Pope Benedict XVI at Saint Peter's Basilica October 21.
John Pe√Īanosa, a 16-year-old altar boy in Tacloban City, said he feels the need of "a personal saint" to inspire him.
"Like Calungsod, I also want to serve the Church while I am still young, and hopefully become a priest some day,‚ÄĚ he said.
He added that he had locked himself up in his room and prayed before attending the ceremony to welcome the image of the saint.
Eileen Nazareno brought her three children to church to welcome the image. "With so many distractions in the world today, Calungsod is a blessing," she said.
"He was young and yet he was able to determine his role in the Church, which is to promote and defend it no matter the cost. I hope my children will learn from that.‚ÄĚ
Archbishop John Du of Palo also expressed hope that the event will help young people to "seriously profess the Catholic faith."
"Some of today‚Äôs youths openly criticize the Church, while others no longer display respect for the Church‚Äôs teachings,‚ÄĚ the prelate said.
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