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
Pro-Life Philippines founder in 'critical condition'
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- September 7, 2012
Mary Pilar Verzosa, a Religious of the Good Shepherd nun, was giving a lecture to students at De La Salle University in Cavite City when she experienced dizziness, headaches and vomiting, the Catholic bishops' conference website reported.
The report said Verzosa suffered massive bleeding in the brain and is being kept alive by an artificial respirator.
Verzosa will turn 68 on September 24 and a party-cum-fundraising event had been scheduled in her honor on September 29.
"Whatever Godâ€™s plan is for our dear Sister Pilar, we will push through with honoring her life," said Lorna Melegrito, Pro-Life Philippines executive director.
Verzosa is known for her advocacy for women and families in crisis. Her work paved the way for the establishment of Pro-Life Philippines in the mid-1970s.