SINGAPORE - Christian Meditation may soon be on the radar screen of young Catholics in Singapore. "The Pursuit of Happiness" is the theme of a retreat aimed at people aged between 18-35. It will be conducted by Benedictine Father Laurence Freeman, who is the spiritual guide of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM).

In January this year Andrea Kang, 23, attended Father Laurence's silent retreat on "The Art of Happiness", organized by the Singapore chapter WCCM, and benefited from the experience.

Andrea, a leader of Genesis II, the youth choir at Church of the Holy Family, then decided to introduce her choir group to Christian Meditation. This grew into the proposal for a retreat for young people.

Asked whether meditation is difficult for restless young people in this fast-moving world, Father Laurence Freeman replied, "I am always struck by how quickly and deeply these stressed and noisy young people come to silence and stillness."

"Young adults are often looking for deeper spiritual meaning and experience," he continued, "The young are more passionate and determined about their spiritual search. They are more idealistic and more enraged by falsehood. This is why meditation - the simplest and most direct experience of God's presence in prayer - is attractive for them. Words can always be used to cover up the truth - but silence is inescapably truthful. In silence we encounter the unity of the living God deep within our own being."

The retreat will be held on Sunday May 6 from 10.00am-5.30pm at Catholic Archdiocesan Youth Centre (2 Lor Low Koon). It costs $20 a person. Registration by Apr 20.

For more information, visit www.wccm.org or contact Rebecca (6445 8062, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Daulet (6737 6279, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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