SEPTEMBER 30, 2018, Vol 68, No 20


Msgr Philip Heng, SJ

God is working “miracles” every day in our lives, but we cannot presume that all of us are in tune with these “miracles”.

This is so because we are often too caught up in our own daily work, projects, concerns, busyness and hectic life that we relate to God as though He is only of secondary importance to us.

Have we not heard of mothers who do not send their children for catechism classes because of tuition for PSLE examinations?

A Boys’ Town staff sharing with Mr Desmond Lee (centre), Minister for Social and Family Development, and Mr Gerard Lee (right), Boys’ Town’s Chairman, the tools used to engage young clients.

Boys’ Town celebrated its 70th anniversary with an open house filled with a series of activities such as tours and exhibitions that showcased the work of the charity.

Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development, was the guest of honour at the Sept 15 event which also saw the official launch of Boys’ Town Adventure Centre (BTAC)’s Adventure Tower.

In his speech, Mr Lee lauded the BTAC’s Adventure Tower which uses “outdoor adventure to help children and youth build their confidence and self-esteem”.

A contemporary dance showcasing the frustration and struggles of young people.

Alcoholism, drug use, gaming and phone usage – these are just some of the addictions affecting young people today.

These addictions are usually a result of anxiety and depression, said Ms Yvonne Yuen, a psychotherapist from WE CARE Community Services, a centre that treats all forms of addictions.

Speaking during a talk titled Understanding Our Youths: Love and Addiction, Ms Yuen said, “Addiction is a disease, often chronic in nature, which affects the functioning of the brain and body.” One of the most common symptoms of addiction is the loss of control and continued abuse despite serious negative consequences.