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
Nuns aid victims of domestic violence
Salesians help abused women rebuild their shattered livesWomen form the center learning make-up skills
- Saji Thomas, Nagpur
- March 9, 2011
Some Catholic nuns are helping victims of domestic violence find freedom and dignity in a western Indian state.
âNow I have a peaceful life,â says Sushila Abhiyankar, who left her abusive husband two years ago unable to withstand torture by him and his relatives.
The 37-year-old Hindu woman now works as a nursing assistant in a dispensary after a brief training course offered by a social service center managed by the Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate in Nagpur, Maharashtra state.
âI put up with humiliation and harassment for 17 years for the sake of my only son, but when he too began to beat me, it was too much for me,â she said.
She said she had no idea about her future when she walked out of her marriage. The Salesian nuns âhelped me rebuild my shattered life,â she said.
Salesian Sister Clare Agnes, who co-ordinates a family counseling cell in Nagpur, said their Vishwodaya Multi-Purpose Social Service Society offers counseling and vocational training to help domestic violence victims.
The society conducts courses in nursing assistance, Â tailoring, garment making and computer and typing. It also helps the trained find jobs, the nun said.
According to Sister Agnes, most victims of domestic violence come to their center through the police while a few, such as Abhiyankar, come through former beneficiaries.
The center gets around 100 victims a year, the nun said. Since most cases are âserious criminalâ offences, the nuns refer them to the police for a follow-up.
The Salesian nuns started the society in 1989.
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