On the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, around 20 young people from around Parramatta Diocese and beyond gathered at the Institute for Mission in Blacktown to take part in Made For Each Other, a day-long seminar focussed on the complementarity of man and woman. The day was centred on six short films from the Humanum series, brought out by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family and others. The dignity and beauty of the family and marriage was at the forefront of discussion.
The day began with prayer, followed by a screening of each film combined with small and large group discussion. This was a great opportunity to hear other young people’s views and thoughts on the concepts touched on in the films, and to share personal insights and experiences with each other.
At midday, Holy Mass was celebrated and Fr. Benedict Mackenzie FSF gave a fantastic homily about what Mary’s Assumption tells us about the value and dignity of the human person and what this means for the body.
The youth were also blessed to hear some insights and wisdom about married life from Ben Smith and Annabelle Bhandoo from the Family and Life Office. The participants heard about how the dignity of the body has been degraded by modern day society and the consequences of this in light of how we are made in God’s image and likeness and how the body is an outward expression of the human person.
At the end of the day, Chris Da Silva and Frances Hopkins from The Culture Project spoke about their mission to restore culture through advocacy of life and love. Chris and Frances explained the difference between “solid love” and “liquid love”, a concept touched on in the films, and gave some personal insights into their role in upholding this idea of authentic love in today’s culture.
All the participants went home with a deeper understanding of the beauty and dignity of every human, how to love others with a “solid love” and the beauty of the complementarity of man and woman.
By: Madeline Arnold