JUNE 06, 2010, Vol 60, No 11

Is there such a thing as “real: love?  How do we know when we are ready for it?  And does love come with a freedom of choice?  These are questions that teenagers and young adults often ask or ponder about love.   Our contributor, Jean Cheng, recently spoke at St Francis Xavier Church on “Love vs Lust”.  We are pleased that she has agreed to contribute this article that explores love, life and faith – in the eyes of a young adult. 

FATHER J. J. FENELON sings a Blues version of The Lord is My Shepherd, in a bar scene of the musical 13:34 produced by CANA, with participation of the priests and laypeople, to close the celebrations of Year For Priests. Limited number of premium seats and $10 tickets left. Please be seated by 7.15pm for pre-show treat. Photo by Carolyn Seow


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In celebrating the Year for Priests declared by Pope Benedict on Jun 19, 2009, CatholicNews has been featuring one priest in each issue; Joyce Gan concludes this section with an interview with Archbishop Nicholas Chia, the priest of priests in the Singapore Archdiocese

IF ANYONE HAD suggested to young Nicholas, or even Father Nicholas Chia that he would one day become the Archbishop of Singapore, he would have laughed and responded, “I will be quite afraid because of the many heavy responsibilities!”

But become the third Archbishop of Singapore, he did, on Oct 7, 2001.

Perhaps one would have expected a grand and loud calling for the archbishop, but there was nothing dramatic about his calling. He simply followed the promptings in his heart and responded accordingly – the rest, as they say, and as he says, happened according to God’s will.

As the third son in a family of six, young Nicholas grew up in Hougang and attended then Holy Innocents’ English School, now known as Montfort School. His parish was Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and his role model was his parish priest, Father Francis Chan.

Volunteer Mary Vasanthi feeding one of the home’s residents. Mary is one of six volunteers who were given long service appreciation awards for 25 years of volunteer service to home at the home’s silver jubilee celebration on May 15. Photo by Darren Boon

SINGAPORE – The elderly residents wait patiently for lunch as soothing strains of hymns of praise fill the dining area of the Gift of Love Home. Volunteer Mary Vasanthi is already at work – a plate of soggy ‘bee hoon’ in her hands, and with a spoon, breaks the contents down into smaller edible strands, and feeds one of the elderly residents under the former’s care.

As the use of the pill became more widespread, the divorce rate doubled from 25 percent of all U.S. marriages in 1965 to 50 percent in 1975.


When first introduced, the birth control pill was heralded as a development that would lead to fewer divorces and a steep decline in the number of unwanted pregnancies and in the number of abortions. Fifty years later cultural evidence shows those expectations to be unfulfilled. CNS photo

WASHINGTON – Fifty years ago this May, the Food and Drug Administration gave its approval for the use of a combination of the hormones progesterone and estrogen that the pharmaceutical company Searle said would prevent pregnancy 99.7 percent of the time.