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
Priest calls for prayers for firefightersA firefighter watches as fire consumes a residential area in the Philippine capital
- Buboy Sese and Julian Labores, Manila
- March 2, 2011
Fire Prevention Month is observed every March in the Philippines, at the start of the hot season when most fires occur.
"Every time firefighters respond to incidents, they also risk their lives. So we should pray for them," said the chaplain of the Philippines' Bureau of Fire Protection.
Meanwhile, Chief Superintendent Santiago Laguna in Manila says there is an acute shortage of fire trucks in the capital.
Only last month a five-year-old child died and some 2,000 families lost their homes in a five-hour blaze that destroyed around 500 houses in Quezon City.