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Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Are We Losing It ?
OK, ok. I'm late as usual with about a week of mental notes to put down and I don't know where to begin! Firstly, there was the realisation that, about 5 to 10 years from now, the younger generation as we know them now would be totally out of touch with their faith lives. I am seeing a lot of these at Catechism classes where a large number of teens are losing interest or unsure of what and why they are there for in the first place. The first thing to do is usually to blame the parents for that and that may be the case. Parents are not helping much by their own lack of sense in teaching faith values to their children. Even basic etiquette, proper manners and mutual respect for one another are missing from their vocabulary! Society is moving at light speed and there are 1001 new pseudo-values that vie for the attention of the masses. If we are not careful, one day, Singapore will end up as a society without a god and one that serves the human intellect and spirit. I would call this a backward move from rejecting a great gift of God for a lesser pleasure of one's own self-determination and control.

Then, there's the Church that is seating comfortably in the middle of it all, wondering what in heaven's name are we going to do about it?... I say this because, there aren't a great number of priests who are actively and whole-heartedly dealing with the faith issues of the lay people. Of those people (priests, catechists, parents and students) who are sincerely interested and wanting to move and grow in the light of Christ, they have a great task ahead to convince the rest to follow them. Yet Christ remains the same, yesterday, today and forever. This is the source of our strength to carry on what is needed to bring our people forward , in freedom, toward the Kingdom.

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