Youth need spiritual direction, not 1Direction

For young people to find their true direction in life, Catolico said, they need authentic role-models.

June 12 2014, 1:13 PM
Youth need spiritual direction, not 1Direction
One Direction band members during an award ceremony.

“More spiritual direction, not One Direction,” said the Iloilo parish youth ministry leaders who spoke on the controversy surrounding the British music group One Direction’s Philippines concert.

After a video circulated online showed two band members smoking what the singers themselves referred to as an “illegal substance”, an appeal was made by CBCP Commission on Youth executive secretary Father Conegundo Garganta to parents to forbid their kids from watching the concert of One Direction, or 1D, that will be held in Pasay City on March 2015.

Frances Isabel Isa Catolico and Gerald Jed Flores, Education Coordinator and Assistant Education Coordinator respectively, of the Jaro Parish Youth Ministry (JPYM) of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles in Iloilo said that young people need more spiritual direction and good role models, not bad influences such as the one given by One Direction.

For young people to find their true direction in life, Catolico said, they need authentic role-models.

“The first models for me are my parents, followed by our elders in the youth ministry. Priests have an important influence on us especially when they make themselves available for spiritual direction or counselling,” she said.

Flores added, “The saints are very important role-models. Even if they lived many years ago, their life and teachings have an influence on me and other young people.”

Among the saints, he considers St. John Paul II as the one who inspires him most “because he was the first Pope and saint to visit Iloilo and he was the Pope who reached out to young people, especially through the World Youth Days (WYDs).”

It was also reported that some parents had even gone out of their way to buy 1D concert tickets at a price of P17,950 each.

Catolico, a student of the Western Visayas State University, thinks that it is impractical for parents to shell out nearly P18,000 for a VIP ticket or for students to spend P2,000 for the lowest-priced ticket just for a one-night concert.

Flores, a Colegio de San Jose student, while not in favour of an outright ban of the 1D concert for fear of a backlash by other countries towards Filipino artists who perform abroad, agreed with the idea of forming the consciences of parents and their kids.

“Our country is among the poorest in Asia. It is not justifiable to spend so much money just for a one-night concert. Even among the rich, even if it is their right to spend their own money, they should be sensitive to the plight of their neighbour,” he said.

Source: CBCP News