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
Lenten lectures broaden faith knowledge
Leaders of other religions give Catholics insight to other beliefsA monk is giving a lecture about mercy in the parish
- John Won, Seoul
- April 4, 2011
Ilwon-dong Church in Seoul archdiocese invited Buddhist, Muslim, Protestant and Won-Buddhism leaders to deliver a series of special lectures that began on March 18Â andÂ will end on Friday.
âPeople who think only their beliefs are right by rejecting other religions are too self-assertive. We need to understand other religions because we live together with people of various religions in a multi-cultural country,â said Father Barnabas Kim Jeung-nam, who organized the lecture program.
Won-Buddhism and Muslim leaders delivered lectures on grace and love on March 18 and 25 respectively.
According to Father Kim, many faithful attended the imam's lecture because it was a rare opportunity for them to meet a Muslim leader in Korea.
âWhen I was at Kochok-dong Church, I organized special lectures from other religious leaders for an Advent program, which the parishioners loved. So I did the same for Lent this time,â Father Kim said.
âI also plan to arrange special lectures from leaders of Confucian and Taoist leaders,â he added.
Venerable Muksan of Bongeunsa temple, gave a lecture on mercy on April 1.
âMercy means that people love others and feel pity for them. If we love others and are happy now, it is a mercy regardless of religion and ideology,â he said ahead of his lecture.
âIt is a really encouraging program because it gives Catholics an opportunity to understand other religions,â the monk added.
He said he would like to hold a similar lecture program for Buddhists, and has asked Father Kim to visit his temple in downtown Seoul.
At the last lecture on April 8, a Protestant pastor will talk about love.
âBuddhist, Protestant leaders try to reconcileâ