Real love revolution

Real love revolution

by UA&P News Desk on February 28, 2011 - 11:37 am

From the Philippine Star, “A Law Each Day” column of Atty. Jose C. Sison

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The 25th year of any historic and remarkable event really calls for a big celebration. Hence it is just fitting that we have a weeklong festivity commemorating the Edsa People Power Revolution of 1986. This is one of the events in our country’s history worth cherishing not only because it toppled a dictatorship and restored democracy in our country, but more importantly because it is the first successful non-violent, bloodless revolution in the world that has become the model used by freedom-loving people of other countries in changing an oppressive and rapacious regime.

Undeniably however, the 1986 non-violent upheaval only succeeded in replacing a tyrannical and corrupt government with a new set of leaders and in restoring certain democratic rights taken away from our people. In other words the changes are only external and political, not internal and moral, which any society needs to achieve a complete and real revolution. Hence up to now people are still longing to see real changes not only in government but in all sectors of society.

Unknown to many perhaps, an internal and moral revolution was already launched in our country, albeit quietly last 2007 by more than one thousand (1000) Filipino youths. And it is a revolution calling for a change of minds and hearts especially of young people with the help of parents and professional educators. This is a revolution continuing up to now and will never cease for as long as there are “perennial and modern challenges to reckon with challenges arising from selfishness”. This revolution is aptly called “Real Love Revolution”.

Basically, Real Love Revolution (RLR) counteracts another revolution staged for “free love’s sake” 40 years ago by “a generation that rebelled against the norm”. A 1967 Time article on the “Hippies” describes it as a period “when inhibitions were let loose, when freedom was interpreted to mean no restraint… from drugs to escape from harsh realities, or from sex in an attempt to exercise free love”.

Said revolution “jumpstarted by a generation of young people who believe in sexual freedom with a passion and lived it, created a subculture that was quickly absorbed at that time” with far reaching consequences and “influence in our lives” until today where “our relationships, our families, our hearts have suffered most,” so said Cheline Gutierrez, one of the more than a thousand Filipino youth who met in 2007 and made a commitment “to real love, a love that is willing to use freedom to endure sacrifices, a love that is so strong as to be the foundation of generation of happy families, a love that respects, waits and endures, a love that lasts.”

The Real Love Revolution gains significant grounds this 2011 as a series of life changing talks on the virtue of chastity are scheduled coincidentally with our EDSA people power celebration. Jason Evert, a young husband and father and foremost advocate of pure love in the United States, is now here to “talk to the hearts and minds of youth, parents and professional educators” and “help shape lives towards the common destiny of real love, fidelity and well being”. Mr. Evert and his wife Crystalina will give young people “convincing reasons to practice the virtue of chastity which is not only “mere abstinence or what you can’t do and can’t have” but also what you can do and can have right now: a lifestyle that brings freedom, respect, peace and romance without regret”. In this seminar, Mr. Evert also offers communication techniques, resources, statistics and a wealth of information to assist parents in their task as the primary sex educators of their children. The gist of the talks is summed up by Mr. Evert in his own words as follows: “God’s plan for life and love is so profound that when we understand it, we will never look the same way at the relationship between a man and a woman. When we see God’s plan for love, lust looks boring. When we see the truth about our bodies and sex, we change our lives, but not out of guilt, or fear of pregnancy or disease. We change our lives because God’s view of love is everything the human heart longs for”.

Jason speaks at more than 150 engagements each year to more than 100,000 teens in high schools and colleges internationally. Previous appearances include World Youth Day, Steubenville Youth Conferences and the National Youth Conference where he and his wife gave the keynote address to 20,000 teenagers in the fall of 2009. Jason Evert earned a master’s degree in Theology and undergraduate degrees in counseling and theology with minor in Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is the author of ten books mainly dealing on pure love, pure faith and chastity.

His talks here actually started yesterday, February 24, 2011 at 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the UP Theatre, UP Diliman where college students from various schools and universities attended. Then in the afternoon at Teatro Aguinaldo, high school students also heard Mr. Evert talk from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Other schedules are: February 25, 2011 in Iloilo, San Jose Auditorium for parents and teachers; February 26, 2011, for young professionals from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ynares Sports Center in Mandaluyong; and for parents at the University of Makati Main Auditorium from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Organizers of this event are: I AM STRONG I keep love Real of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P)-Center for Social Responsibility in cooperation with UA&P Student Executive Board, UP Klub Tala, Youth for family, CFC Foundation for Life, EDUCHILD Iloilo Westbridge and UA&P-CFC Global Diocesan Youth Commission (NCR).

For the sake of this generation and the generations to come the Filipino youths of today should seize this great opportunity to build a culture of life and love. They should be part of the Real Love Revolution. #

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