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
Indian Religious vow to stand out from the world
Women’s plenary agrees to foster ’authentic spirituality’Women religious attending their triennial plenary in Kochi, Kerala (Attached)
- ucanews.com reporter, Kochi
- January 12, 2011
Some 450 major superiors, representing more than 100,000 Catholic women Religious, ended their triennial plenary yesterday at Kochi, Kerala.
The Conference of Religious Women of India (CRWI) noted that the Religious now face a crisis because they lack ‚Äúauthentic‚ÄĚ spirituality and ‚Äúrenewed understanding‚ÄĚ of their identity and mission.
‚ÄúReligious life is becoming irrelevant and meaningless for some,‚ÄĚ stated the four-day plenary.
The women Religious reiterated that their primary call is to follow Jesus and the Gospel and continue ‚Äúin history the special presence of the Risen Lord.‚ÄĚ
However, the Religious have to live their vowed life amid explosions of money, media and technology that bring a culture of death and creates emptiness in many, the plenary noted.
Therefore, the Religious have to find relevant ways to respond to these challenges as ‚Äúcontrast communities‚ÄĚ that promoted Gospel values of love, justice and truth, the superiors asserted.
According to them, the modern challenges force the Religious to collaborate with ‚Äúpositive forces‚ÄĚ that try to transform a violent, fragmented, corrupt and exclusive society to create a new India of hope, compassion and truth.
The plenary resolved to let their ‚Äúcontrast community‚ÄĚ to find creative ways to help the poor and the oppressed.
These communities will foster ‚Äúauthentic spirituality based on deep God experience,‚ÄĚ contemplation, communion and commitment.
They will also discern choices and priorities in the consumerist world and foster family spirit, genuine relations and freedom with responsibility, the statement said.
The superiors want their people to break their ‚Äúculture of silence‚ÄĚ to oppose all forms of human rights violations and realize such a mission indeed helps them participate ‚Äúin the passion of Christ.‚ÄĚ
The plenary also encouraged inter-congregational collaboration in mission and resolved to safeguard the dignity and life of the girl child and women.
The meeting decided to create a grievance cell in all 13 regions of the Conference of Religious India to deal with gender issues.
Indian nuns told to reform their lives
‚ÄėEmpowerment of the weak will check patriarchy‚Äô
Nun leader calls for political involvement