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
Amid the hustle and bustle of one of the railway station’s in Bihar’s Sasaram district is an unusual sight a group of children huddled on the platform and studying.
Even as the clock strikes nine and amidst the cacophony of vendors selling their wares, trains whistling in and out of the station and blaring announcements, these youngsters are busy pouring into their books and helping each other.
This is where some students in Sasaram gather every night to study. They have no electricity in their homes.
Most places see barely ten hours of electricity a day, almost never in the evenings.
The much-touted development efforts of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has strangely missed this railway station area.
However, Sasaram had a glorious past. It was the birth-place of famous 16th century Mughal King Sher Sah Suri.
The monarch is better known as the original architect of the Grand Trunk Road from Chittagong, now in Bangladesh, to Peshawar in Pakistan.
Till one year ago, Rajesh Kumar was a 23-year-old who also studied at the platforms here. He passed his exams and went on to become a train driver.
As he passes the children busy with their books, he tells them to keep at it.
According to the Bihar government, the central government does not supply adequate power. This is the reason power crisis is worse in Bihar, it says.
But with the state’s youngsters getting their priorities right, surely there is light at the end of the tunnel.
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