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
Outrage after US teen posts smiling 'selfie' from Auschwitz
'I'm famous y'all,' she posts as story goes viral
Picture: Breanna Mitchell
- Jessica Durando for Religion News Service/USA Today
- United States
- July 25, 2014
An Alabama teen who faced criticism for posting a smiling snapshot of herself in front of the Auschwitz concentration camp is defending her actions, saying that it was a tribute to her father who passed away.
Breanna Mitchell posted the selfie on June 20. About a month later, it went viral.
“Honestly, I don’t think I would do anything differently because I didn’t mean any harm,” Mitchell told TakePart Live in a video interview posted to YouTube on July 21.
On July 20, she posted on Twitter, “I’m famous y’all” as her story got picked up by media outlets.
Mitchell’s example brings to light the debate over taking selfies in front of places such as Auschwitz and the 9/11 Memorial Museum where so many people lost their lives. Critics suggested the incident pointed to a need to help young people develop digital decorum.
“If you’re going to stick your tongue out or make a duck face in front of the World Trade Center, I think that’s probably inappropriate,” Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of manners maven Emily Post, told ABC News.
Since the social media backlash, Mitchell has received some support from people who have seen her story in the media. Her Twitter profile is now set to private.
“The Holocaust and World War II is the only thing that’s ever interested me in history,” Mitchell told TakePart Live.
She said it was also her father’s favorite part of history. “Whenever I graduated, [my parents] said they’d take me out of the States to go wherever I wanted. [My dad] died one year prior to that photo,” Mitchell added.
Full Story: Auschwitz selfie girl defends her actions
Source: Religion News Service