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
Radio Veritas Myanmar helps build community
Listeners from various faiths form club to help each otherListeners pose for a photo during the clubâs first anniversary
- ucanews.com reporter, Mandalay
- January 25, 2011
Visually impaired Mg Mg Oo who has been listening to the RVA Myanmar language service for more than 30 years said he initiated the listenersâ group with the aim of fostering âcommunal life.â
The 50 year-old Buddhist said he organized the club on Dec. 20, 2009 that now has 20 members.
Club members attend to hospital patients, donate money for funeral services and enhance the social welfare of other listeners in general.
Dolly Joseph, a Catholic and secretary of the listenersâ club, said they gifts to members getting married. âWe collect money from members during our meeting once every two months as the clubâs fund,â she said.
âThe Church-run radio is a light for meâŚ.Thirty years ago I couldn’t go out and I was alone when my eyes failed me,â said Mg Oo.
When his father passed away two months ago, he received great support from other members. Some of my neighbors saw the kindness and asked me how to join the club, Mg Oo said.
âSo I urged them to listen to the RVA program.â
The RVA Myanmar service, which has an estimated 600,000 listeners, broadcasts for 27 minutes in the morning and evening.
Some of the programs include topics on youth, values for life, rural development and issues of woman and health and interreligious dialogue.
âWe build up peace by passing over the boundaries of religion,â Father Richard Hla Min Oo, coordinator of RVA Myanmar language service in the Philippines, told participants on Jan. 22 during the listenersâ clubâs first anniversary.
âWe can help and work together among different religions due to love and unity,â said Win Zaw Tun, a member from the listenersâ club who converted from Buddhism to Catholicism six months ago.
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