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
Salesian priest’s work inspires Buddhists
Film on the life of Korean missioner Father John Lee Tae-seok gives cause for reflectionVenerable Jaseung at the screening of the film âDonât Cry, Tonjâ
- John Choi, Seoul
- January 27, 2011
The workers from the largest Buddhist denomination in South Korea were speaking after watching âDonât Cry, Tonj,â a film about the life of the Korean Salesian missioner who worked in Tonj, in war-torn Sudan.
The screening for 200 monks and lay workers was organized by Venerable Jaseung, chief executive of the order.
âI watched the film twice and was in two minds as to whether I should show it to the staff,â he said.
âIt depicts the good life of a Catholic missioner and I was worried some of us would convert to Catholicism after being moved by the film,â he added.
âFather Lee who lived an unselfish life and cared for underprivileged people can be a good role model for us. If we could have one Buddhist cleric like him, the better it would be for Buddhism,â he said.
âI hope our clerics will be encouraged by the film and become clerics of purpose and honesty,â he added.
Father Lee, graduated from a medical college in 1987 and was ordained as Salesian priest in 2001 before serving the sick, poor and children in Tonj, Sudan.
During his nine years there, he built a clinic for Hansenâs disease patients and a boarding school. He also formed a brass band to raise childrenâs spirits during the countryâs civil war.
Father Lee died in January 2010 at age 48, two years after being diagnosed with colon cancer.
âFather Leeâs story was so moving. His life crosses religious boundaries and his sharing of everything he owned is a good example for all of us,â one Buddhist worker said.
âDonât Cry, Tonjâmakes everyone weep