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
Organ donor drive honors cardinal
Seoul archdiocese seeks pledges to commemorate KimA passer-by fills in an organ donation pledge form at the on February 16
- John Choi, Seoul
- February 17, 2011
The One-body One-spirit Movement (OBOS) established by the late cardinal in 1989 yesterday spearheaded the â€śSowing Seeds of Hopeâ€ť drive to collect organ-donation pledges.
OBOS volunteers and staff members took to the streets of Seoul to recruit more donors and to raise money to help support terminally ill children and patients waiting for organ transplants.
â€śWe mounted this campaign to remember Cardinal Kim and to give a message of hope for transplant patients and the poor and alienated,â€ť OBOS deputy director Father Augustine Minn Kyoung-il said.
â€śAs Cardinal Kim sowed the seeds of hope in us, we followed his last wish by carrying out this campaign,â€ť he added.
The highly-respected cardinal who died on February 16, 2009 aged 86, donated his corneas on his death, sparking a surge in organ donation pledges.
In 2009, 34,079 people promised to donate their organs which almost matched the 34,432 pledges made over the past 20 years and last year, there were 36,569 pledges.
â€śOn holidays, Cardinal Kim visited the poor and the alienated while he was archbishop of Seoul. We should follow his model as Christians,â€ť Father Minn said.
Meanwhile, Seoul archdiocese held Masses at Myeongdong Cathedral and at his tomb in Yongin Catholic Park Cemetery to mark the Cardinalâ€™s death anniversary.
Cardinal Kim's death anniversary to be marked