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
Pope calls for prayers for Japan
Pope Benedict has called for prayers for the victims of a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
- March 14, 2011
Benedict, conducting Angelus from the window of his private residence overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, paid tribute to the "courageous" Japanese people and urged a swift rescue operation, Digtriad reports.
"Dear brothers and sisters, the images of the tragic earthquake and the consequent tsunami in Japan have left a strong impression on us all. I would like to renew my spiritual closeness to the dear people of the country, who with dignity and courage are facing the consequences of such disasters. I pray for the victims and their families, and for those who suffer from these terrible events. I encourage those, who with commendable speed, are working to bring help. We remain united in prayer. The Lord is close to us," Pope Benedict said.
The world's third-largest economy is struggling to respond to a disaster of epic proportions, with more than 1 million without water or power and whole towns wiped off the map.
The pope also prayed for the rescue workers, faced with scenes of devastation.
"As I greet you this morning, I ask you to join me in praying for the victims of the recent devastation visited upon Japan. May the bereaved and injured be comforted and may the rescue workers be strengthened in their efforts to assist the courageous Japanese people," he said.
Pope Sends Prayers And Condolences To Japan Quake Victims (Digtriad)