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
Shabhaz Bhatti: A martyr in Parliament
We come today to pray for a righteous man, the Honorable Shahbaz Bhatti, who died early, at age 42. - Raymond D'Souza, First Things
- March 15, 2011
There is much wickedness in Pakistan today. The Christian disciple is not asked to pretend otherwise. We pray with eyes wide open in the words of the Psalmist, ‚Äúeven though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, no evil do I fear.‚ÄĚ The Psalms teach us an ancient wisdom, namely that the righteous man is often opposed, and that in this world the wicked often prosper.
The martyr‚Äôs death of Shahbaz Bhatti is not something unique to our time or to his country. Christian disciples of every time and place have followed their Master to the Cross and shared in His passion and death.
The homily delivered at a St. Thomas More Society memorial Mass for assassinated Pakistani cabinet minister Shabaz Bhatti. The Mass was offered in the Sean O‚ÄôSullivan Chapel on March 7, 2011, Parliament Hill, Ottawa.
- Raymond J. de Souza
SOURCE AND FULL ARTICLE
A Martyr in Parliament: The Honorable Shahbaz Bhatti (1968 ‚Äď 2011) (First Things)