ASIA/MYANMAR - "The nation is entrusted to God's mercy"
Yangon (Agenzia Fides) - "We are in God's hands. Our land is entrusted to his Divine Mercy. In a period of tension, suffering and uncertainty about the future, Christ is our rock. This is the path we walk when we see demonstrators who continue to gather every day in cities, large and small, to protest against the military government and to ask for democracy.
Numerous prayer vigils are organized in public and private places": this is how a group of religious in Myanmar who askfor anonymity for security reasons, describes the social situation and the spiritual hardship that the Catholic faithful are experiencing in this dramatic phase of national life.
As the nuns report, the path that the Burmese Church is walking today is the one traced by Cardinal Charles Maung Bo during the Mass celebrated on April 11, 2021, on Divine Mercy Sunday, who desires "a faith that is accompanied by works".
"The Resurrection - recalled the Cardinal, giving the faithful indications on how to live the Easter season - is the celebration of hope. It is the conviction and certainty that God himself can work wonders even from a tomb. Life will sprout from death, when the time of the Lord comes". "The last year was a year of darkness and death, marked by so much human suffering. Let the heart of Christ Jesus heal everyone: the oppressor and the oppressed", said the Cardinal.
"The Church", Cardinal Bo remembers with an explicit reference to the city of Myitkyina in northern Myanmar in the state of Kachin, "was itself involved in the struggle of our people and is called to accompany our people with blood and tears. It has truly traveled an authentic Way of the Cross. For many of you, the thirteenth station of the Way of the Cross, where our Mother Mary weeps over her son's body, has become a reality. We live in a country where hundreds of mothers live with heartbroken tears, whose hearts are hurt at the sight of their children being tortured and killed. For all these mothers and all those directly involved, let us pray for the grace that pours out of the heart of Jesus".
Religious, priests, nuns, Christian laity have offered a profound testimony of faith, showing the merciful face of the Catholic Church during the crisis".
The Cardinal noted: "With assemblies and prayer vigils you have accompanied your people in moments of trial. The name Myitkyina became known internationally thanks to the inspiring testimony of Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng of the Sisters of St. Francis Xavier. The world has seen the precious testimony, ready to sacrifice, in the face of the tsunami of evil. I commend to all the testimony of Sister Ann Rose's saving love, which has inspired many to appreciate the Catholic Church and religious life. Out of the darkness, simple acts of generosity shine with great power".
"This message of redeeming love - he explained - is in synthesis the message of divine mercy. Forgiveness in the face of darkness, love in the face of hatred is the message that the Lord gave to Sister Faustina Kowalska in her many apparitions. God is merciful, let us no longer seek Jesus among the dead, because he is alive and has become the Lord of life. The mystery of the resurrection is revealed through the mercy of God".
"Amidst all the great challenges we face today, we seek God's mercy. The times are dark, the way seems challenging. We need the light of God's mercy in Myanmar…. Let us entrust every house and the whole nation to God's mercy", the Archbishop of Yangon concluded. (PA-JZ) (Agenzia Fides, 15/4/2021)