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
Patients repay Japanese generosity
Sufferers donate in turn to help quake, tsunami victims
- ucanews.com reporter, Bangalore
- May 26, 2011
Patients at the Sumanahalli ('village of people of good will') center, a treatment and rehabilitation facility run in Bangalore archdiocese for people suffering from leprosy, contributed the amount to Japanâ€™s Nippon Foundation yesterday.
The foundation has been a major sponsor of multi drug therapy (MDT), an important treatment for the disease.
India is a major beneficiary because it accounts for more than half the worldâ€™s leprosy cases, said Father George Kannanthanam, director of Sumanahalli.
â€śI am able to live today only because of the medicines given by Japan. I want to give back whatever I can,â€ť said Gurappan, a patient of the centre.
From his pension of 400 rupees per month, he contributed 500 rupees.
In another touching gesture, Mohan, 45, who is blind, contributed 1,000 rupees, a whole month's pension.
Mohan, who usually uses the money for his annual trip home, said: â€śMy life was saved due to the MDT."
The Sumanahalli society, started in 1978, treats some 400 people suffering from leprosy, HIV or other diseases All the societyâ€™s 250-plus staff have also pledged to donate one dayâ€™s earnings.
Some local schoolchildren collected around 2,000 rupees. One of the staff came forward to donate her entire monthâ€™s salary and a convent in the campus saved 30,000 rupees by cancelling a feast.
â€śThere are those without any pension who contributed just 10 to 20 rupees. They also put in whatever they couldâ€ť, said the priest, who initiated a similar campaign after the last tsunami that hit Indian shores in 2004.
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