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
More Bangladeshi Christian writers needed
Books on customs, traditions will ’help people understand Christianity better’People browsing through books at the book fair
- Sumon Corraya, Dhaka
- February 2, 2011
â€śChristians are backward when it comes to professional writing and publishing books. There are almost no mainstream Christian writers in Bangladesh,â€ť lamented Khokon Corraya, a Catholic writer and publisher.
Christian families donâ€™t encourage professional writing because they think itâ€™s difficult to earn a living by writing books, he said.
â€śThere are few Catholic publications in the country and they also donâ€™t pay writers well. There is a lack of cooperation, encouragement and fewer literary magazines that restrict the emergence of new Christian writers,â€ť he added on the eve of Bangladeshâ€™s largest book fair.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with Amartya Sen, the Nobel economics laureate from India, opened the month-long fair yesterday at the Bangla Academy in Dhaka.
Ronjona Biswas, a Catholic poet, whose collection of folk tales will feature at the fair, also lamented that Christian families donâ€™t encourage children to write.
â€śThere are some philosophies concerning this trend. Families want men to earn fast and women should become good housewives,â€ť she said.
â€śChristian writers particularly need to write about culture and traditions in society,â€ť added Biswas, who is vice president of the Christian Writersâ€™ Forum.
Father Peter Paul Costa, assistant pastor in Chandpukur parish in Rajshahi and an author of nine books, agreed.
â€śWeâ€™ve fewer readers, but if we continue writing regularly the number of readers will grow. Christians need to write about their customs, traditions and culture to let people of other denominations understand us,â€ť he said.
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