I recently downloaded an e-book that definitely brought about in me a surge of memories. You know, it was one of those Christmases of my childhood . . . . I must have been Grade Five or Six back then. And since Christmas is equated with gifts, it was the first time for me to receive books — yes, books (in a marked departure from toys, cash, clothes, and candies) — as a gift from my mother.
“Good things come to those who wait,” as the popular saying goes. But I add — better things come to those who go all the way to seek! It’s about the movie Birdshot. While it’s really Respeto I have been wanting to watch all this time (and up to now I haven’t succeeded yet), I couldn’t pass up this rare chance to watch this entry of our country to the forthcoming Oscars, for Best Foreign Language Movie. In any case, the reason why I’m interested in both films is that they both have thematic connections with youth.
That thought-provoking quote from Arrival leads me to link it with the war against drugs, which the current Philippine administration is waging in our nation. Yes, it’s an all-out, dirty war. There’s a death toll, of course, not to mention the accompanying fear, distress, and suffering. In all these, young people have been among those severely affected — in the price being paid.
Ex Corde 2017 Talk 1
Using dramatic theories and categories, Fr. Dela Cruz built on Hans Urs von Balthazar’s Theo-drama, which “focuses on the inner life of the Trinity entering the drama of human existence,” and his mentor and friend Alejandro Garcia-Rivera’s Theodramatics, which focuses on the “human side… human suffering and the struggle to find one’s role in God’s saving drama.” The result is the Theo-Dula that Fr. Dela Cruz proposes as a theological approach to expressions of popular religion.
The Price of the Drug War — Part 1
I had my second viewing of the remarkable 2016 sci-fi movie Arrival. That was recently, when I used it as a “reflection trigger” for a semi-directed retreat I gave for an engaged couple preparing for their wedding day. I noted the nuances of the film with more intensity this time, with its many layers opening up for analysis, reflection, and interpretation.