MANILA, March 13, 2013—A religious group held a national conference for life in an effort to encourage the youth to live a life of purity and holiness amid the growing secularism in today’s society.
More than three thousand members of the Mary Help of Christians Crusade (MHCC) gathered for the National Youth Conference for Life (NYCL) at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City last March 9.
Young people and guests from public and private secondary schools in the country attended the conference that discussed, among other things, the alarming loss of morality and spirituality in the society, and also sought to answer the urgent moral issues facing the society nowadays.
Fr. Francis Tiquia, OATH, served as the 1st session speaker, explained the situational analysis of the Filipino culture nowadays especially of the young people.
Tiquia emphasized how the youth of today are losing the sense of sacredness and how the world is falling much more into corruption not only brought by man’s greed, but also the corruption of morals of the young people.
Tiquia also talked about the beauty of Eucharistic Adoration and invited the young people to be with Christ, where His true presence is, at the Eucharist.
Meanwhile, another priest from the Oblates Apostles of the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary (OATH), Fr. Matthias Mandreza, OATH, discussed about the importance of the devotion to the Mother Mary and how this kind of devotion help and lead young people and the faithful to grow closer to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Hope of the Church
Jovanne Morales, a student from the Signal Village National High School in Taguig City said the conference helped them understand the current issues and consequences that surround the society and how to respond to it.
“We are reminded that we, the young people, are the hope of our country and the Church,” Morales added.
The congress culminated with the celebration of a Latin Mass presided by Tiquia.
MHCC is a Catholic Youth Movement of the Alliance of the Holy Family International.
Aside from the congress, MHCC is also celebrating its Silver Anniversary of sanctifying and encouraging devotion to Mary, Help of Christians and from St. John Bosco, Father of the young. (Jandel Posion with reports from Ryan Rayos)