International speaker gives talk on relationships

International speaker gives talk on relationships

by UA&P News Desk on May 31, 2016 - 10:12 am

Catherin Zemo with the participants of talk in Li Seng Giap Auditorium, UA&P.

Katrina J. Zemo with the participants of “Relationship Staus: It’s Complicated” talk in Li Seng Giap Auditorium, UA&P.

To build upon its advocacy of promoting the good message of chastity and pure love, the UA&P student organization CATALYST, in partnership with CEP Philippines, held a conference entitled “Relationship Status: It’s Complicated” last May 16, 2016 at the Li Seng Giap Auditorium. The event, which was attended by more than a hundred people, featured international speaker, retreat leader, and author, Katrina J. Zeno, MTS.

As an expert on teenage romance, Zeno traced the root of complicated relationships to the numerous differences that exist between males and females. With a gleeful demeanor, she explained how men are like waffles and how women are like spaghetti – tying it to numerous emotional and psychosocial distinctions between the two sexes. She further emphasized the need to learn one’s temperament and “love languages” – the distinct ways through which an individual manifests love.

However, the meat of Zeno’s talk was on how men and women were also similar despite the differences she mentioned beforehand. In order to discuss these similarities, Zeno focused on major points from Pope Saint John Paul II’s literary series entitled Theology of the Body, which centered on the idea that “each human being is called to exist for others as a gift.” Whatfollowed is an understanding that relationships should be about two persons who givethemselves wholly as a “gift” to the other.

The conference aimed to address the entanglements that commonly plague today’s romantic relationships. It also served as a follow-up to the highly successful Real Love Revolution, which touched the lives of more than 6,000 individuals last November 7, 2015.

CATALYST, the university’s only leadership, outreach and advocacy organization, along with CEP Philippines, the nation’s leading provider of character formation seminars and resources, spearheaded the event in hopes of keeping the fight for real love and the virtue of chastity alive among the youth.

by Rafael Arri Morales and Renee Joy Beljera

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