Fr Peter Zhang speaks to 70 working Catholics at a talk to bridge work and family lives through  Christ, held at the Church of the Holy Cross on Feb 22.Fr Peter Zhang speaks to 70 working Catholics at a talk to bridge work and family lives through Christ, held at the Church of the Holy Cross on Feb 22.
Fr Peter Zhang told 70 working Catholics to balance work and family life through the Catholic faith.  

The talk was held at the Church of the Holy Cross on Feb 22. It was part of a series of five talks called Bridging Your Life with Christ, and this third instalment was focused on work and family.

Fr Zhang screened a movie “Love is a Choice” based on the life of a contemporary lay-saint, St Gianna Berella Molla, to drive home the importance of the faith element in daily work and family life, and of striking a balance between the two.

In order to find that balance, Fr Zhang suggested to look at one’s family and household responsibilities and organise one’s work in order to better shoulder one’s responsibilities, in addition to one’s contribution to the community and the Church.

A conscious effort has to be made but the best way to do so is to exercise prudence and to pray constantly every day, he said.

Fr Zhang summarised his talk by saying that the Catholic social teaching reminds Catholics that in order to live a balanced work-family life, they need to:

•    examine whether the activities they take part in are meaningful
•    have adequate rest to ensure good health and well-being
•    set aside some recreation time as well as
•    take time to develop and maintain relationships with God, with oneself, within the family and with community and society.

In his parting words, Fr Zhang stressed that above all these, there must be love, in order to find that balance in one’s life.

One of the participants, Ms Stephanie Tay, 31, shared that Fr Zhang’s session was “very meaningful”. St Gianna’s story was a classic example to emulate in the pursuit of a balanced life, she said, and the key take-home point for her was that ultimately everything is based on love.

The next Bridging Your Life with Christ talk will be held on May 10, and Fr Eugene Vaz will focus on the topic of work and marriage.

-By Jarod Chiew

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