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
Pacquiao starts training with God
'Bible ambassador' starts preparing for June world title fight
- Art Dumlao, Baguio City
- April 18, 2012
The first eight-time world champion has become an unofficial "Bible ambassador" after claiming to have found God and turned his back on â€˜sinful livingâ€™.
"Nothing has changed and I am still focused on my training, although I am happier because I have God with me," Pacquiao told reporters in Baguio.
He was supposed to start his training camp on Monday but stayed on in Manila for "Bible classes."
He has vowed to give a biblical quote every time he talks to reporters.
Quoting Matthew 7: 26, Pacquiao said: "But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand."
He said that with sport and God on his side he will not answer questions related to politics.
Pacquiao also sits as a representative of his province in the Philippine Congress.
The Filipino champion is preparing for a June 9 world-title fight against Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.