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
Saint's relic to reach Kolkata for bicentenary
A relic of St John Bosco will arrive this week in Kolkata in time for the bicentenary of his birth, PTI reports.
- July 13, 2011
The saint's right forearm, preserved in a life-size wax statue in a glass and steel casket, will arrive from Don Bosco School, Liluah, in Howrah district.
In a journey that began from Valdocco in Italy on January 31, 2009, the relic is touring all the five continents.
The relic will be taken to institutions under the Kolkata province of the Salesian Society founded by Don Bosco 150 years ago.
"This is the very hand which Don Bosco used to bless countless youth, devotees and admirers. It is a rare and extrordinary chance to have a darshan of the relic of a saint," Salesian vice-provincial of Kolkata Fr Jose Pampadiyil told a press conference.
"His relic visit reminds us of the single minded and dedicated life Don Bosco lived and the sacred principles that guided his work. Hence, this pilgrim journey of the relic aims at creating spiritual awareness and renewal," the donbosco.com website cites the vice-provincial saying.
Don Bosco's relic to arrive in Kolkata on Jul 15 (IBN Live/PTI)
Don Bosco Relic Visit to Kolkata Soon (donboscoindia.com)
Relics themselves donâ€™t do magic (ucanews.com)
Image from on donboscoindia.com