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Young People Learn About Purity At Rally
Youths and young adults were encouraged to lead lives of purity at the 2010 Archdiocesan Youth Day Rally.

Keynote speaker, Colin MacIver (right) from the US, defined purity as “singleness of heart … to know what we want and to pursue it”.

He highlighted to those present at the Nov 26-27 rally of Jesus’ teaching, “Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God”. He also mentioned an alternative translation that goes “Blessed are the single of heart, those who know who they are, what they want”.

He told the participants gathered at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall that in order to understand purity, one must understand that one is a child of God and one’s “deepest desire is to experience being a child of God”.

Mr MacIver, a trainer for the Theology of the Body for Teens programme, said the sexual revolution caused people to view sex as “self-assertion as a way to achieve pleasure… status … to get what we want”.

Thus, when one understands who one is, one would understand the Church’s teaching. “We say no to sex before marriage ... because it’s completely incompatible with what we are made for,” said Mr MacIver, who is also campus minister in St Scholastica Academy and a youth minister at St Anselm parish in Madisonville, both in Los Angeles

An engaged couple also shared with participants how their previous relationships, which involved physical intimacy, ultimately did not bring them happiness. They said they found the courage to move on through their faith and through reading Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

Praise and worship, Eucharistic adoration and a skit on living out one’s faith were other highlights of the rally, which drew a total of some 1,700 people.

Kelly Seah, a participant, commented that Mr MacIver’s talk corrected the many misinterpretations youth have of relationships.

The rally was held for confirmands, post confirmands and young adults.

By Darren Boon

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