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
'Miraculous' healings spark huge surge in Catholic numbers
A series of unexplained healings in the Indian diocese of Itangar has led to an increase of 40% in the Catholic population.
- Marco Tosatti
- July 3, 2012
According to the prelate, the numerous unexplained healings which preceded and resulted from prayer, are the main reason for this extraordinary increase in CatholicsÂ - 40% over 35 years - in this remote corner of India. The bishop is informed of things like this on a regular basis; and the stories â€śbaffle me. I have a theological mindset and it is easy to become sceptical about this kind of thing. But the interested parties are absolutely convinced that what happened to them was real.â€ť
The prelate mentioned the case of a man who stopped persecuting the Catholic Church after he married a Catholic girl. â€śAfter converting to Catholicism he was asked to pray for a paralytic. He did it even though he did not want to; the next day, the paralytic rose and walked towards the church.â€ť Â The newly converted man was so shocked by this miraculous experience that he started attending mass and â€śis now a very active member of the parish.â€ť
Mgr. Kattrukudiyl is well aware of the scepticism with which most of these miracles are met; when he describes miracles that have taken place people in Europe sometimes say: â€śHey, bishop, youâ€™re telling tales.â€ť But despite the incredulity â€śI am told about many cases of healing which we cannot ignore.â€ť
One possible historical- theological explanation is the relative freshness of the local church. â€śIt is the experience of a very young Church that feels the grace of the Catholic Church in the times of the apostles,â€ť when healing miracles were frequent, as the Scriptures tell us.
According to the prelate, the faithful of his diocese witnessed these miraculous healings after gathering in the home of a sick person whom they had been praying for. â€śPeople who had been sick for a very long time were healed. These people got a real experience of the primitive Church.â€ť
Full Story: India's "impossible" miracles
Source: Vatican Insider/La Stampa