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
St John Chrysostom
- September 13, 2012
The Emperor Arcadius was determined to bring him to Constantinople, the imperial capital. But so popular was he in Antioch; that he had to do this by stealth, and had John Chrysostom consecrated as bishop of that metropolis. John immediately set about preaching against the wealth and luxury of the imperial court, and showed by example how austere a bishopâ€™s own dwelling ought to be.
No wonder his popularity among the ordinary folk grew by leaps and bounds, while at the same time his enemies, both at the imperial court and in the Church, were irritated by his forthrightness. They prevailed upon the Empress to send him into exile, but such was his popularity with the people, that he was recalled and re-instated in office. However, further attempts were made on Chrysostomâ€™s life, and he was banished again, this time to distant Armenia, where he died shortly after, aged barely 58.
John Chrysostom is honoured by the Eastern Church as one of the Four Great Fathers of the Church. His preaching, his writings and the steadfast quality of his life under persecution are a model to us all.