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
NLD takes wait and see approach on oath
Critic says party knew about wording, should fight for amendment from within
- Thomas Toe, Yangon, and Mark Chit, Mandalay
- April 24, 2012
U Ohn Kyaing said the party has taken a â€śwait and seeâ€ť approach as party head Aung San Suu Kyi and others continue to insist on changes to the oath, which charges MPs to â€śprotectâ€ť the constitution.
The spokesman said the partyâ€™s MPs would not join the parliamentary session â€śjust for sittingâ€ť but rather to carry out their intentions of supporting the rule of law, internal peace and amendments to the 2008 constitution to bring it more in line with democratic norms.
â€śItâ€™s too early to say what we will do if the government does not make the amendment [to the oath],â€ť he said, adding that people supported the party on the basis of its platform.
â€śPeople have voted for us and if we do not keep our promise â€¦ they will not trust us anymore.â€ť
U Thein Than Oo, a legal consultant based in Mandalay, said the NLD had tacitly accepted the 2008 constitution by taking part in the April 1 by-elections.
â€śIf they did not accept it, they should not have taken part in the by-elections.â€ť
Aung Thu Nyein, a Burmese analyst with the Vahu Development Institute, said the NLD had made a mistake in taking a stand on the oath.
â€śI think the NLD should participate in the parliament and then they should propose comprehensive political and economic reform strategies,â€ť he said in an interview this week with the Democratic Voice of Burma.
Suu Kyi camp claims near clean sweep