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
Pianist donates albums to migrant-worker clinic
Marybona Roh Young-sim says Koreans should lend helping hand to overseas laborA concert for Raphael Clinic held by Roh Young-sim, a Catholic pianist
- ucanews.com reporter, Seoul
- January 21, 2011
Sophia Kim Woo-kyoung, director of the Raphael Clinic in Seoul, said Roh became sympathetic to the plight of migrant workers after she visited the clinic last June at the invitation of Father Luke Koh Chan-keun, its spiritual director.
Roh recently donated 1,000 copies of her new album containing 14 piano pieces and the clinic is now selling them for 15,000 won (some US$13.5) on its website, Kim said.
Roh also held a piano concert for the clinicâ€™s patients and supporters last December.
There she appealed for support for migrant workers and the clinic, saying that in a multi-cultural society like South Korea, it is important â€śto open our heartsâ€ť to foreigners.
â€śA warm-hearted word and a small helping handâ€ť is of great help to those who are working for their family in a strange country, she said.
Roh is to hold a concert for multi-cultural families on Jan. 28.
The Raphael clinicâ€™s medical staff will be on hand to provide migrant workers with free medical checkups.
Art Exhibition Puts Korean, Migrant WorkersÂ´Artistic Talent On Display