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Amplifying Laudato Si’ With the Science of Epigenetics

by Ferdinand D. Dagmang

It is not the first time that the official Catholic Church has spoken about environmental problems, but the theme of the cry of the poor being inextricably linked to the cry of the earth is an unprecendented Vatican preoccupation in Laudato Si’’. The “cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” has become Pope Francis’ rallying cry:... READ MORE


Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Approaches in Theologizing in Asia

by Daniel Franklin Pilario, C.M.

A Nobel Prize winner, Herbert Simon, writes: “Disciplines, like nations, are a necessary evil that enables human beings of bounded rationality to simplify the structure of their goals. But parochialism is everywhere, and the world surely needs international and interdisciplinary travelers who will carry... READ MORE


God-Talk as a Means of Healing: A Spiritual Rebirth Through Novel Writing and Auto-Analysis

by Ferdinand D. Dagmang

Candlelights is a novel based on my experiences in a monastic setting, including my own reflections gained through the novel’s writing process. The experience/re- experience of trauma (and its ‘domestication’) is one major element of the novel which served 1) as the central motif in the way... READ MORE

Homelessness and Hospitality on the Ground:

A Methodological Proposal for Catholic Social Teaching

by Daniel Franklin E. Pilario, C.M, Ph.D.

What resources, perspectives and experiences can we draw from formal Catholic Social Teaching and broader Catholic social thought to help us understand and interpret street homelessness in a global context? In order to answer these questions, I have at least two options. First, I can survey the official body of Catholic ... READ MORE

Spirituality as Locus for Peace Work

by Fr. Rico Palaca Ponce, O. Carm.

The Summer Course of the Institute of Spirituality in Asia (ISA) has provided me a wonderful opportunity to reflect and organize my thoughts and ideas about Spirituality and Peace Work.1 At the outset, I would like to say that I do agree with Henri Nouwen when ... READ MORE


Linguistic Domination in Theology

by Jose M. de Mesa

The language is the voice of the culture speaking in its own terms. Linguistic domination, by Spanish first, then English, in addition to cultural debasement, is still felt in the residual power that English has in matters theological. English is still... READ MORE

Caring through Mothering and Working: Grounding and Verifying

Amoris Laetitia’s Concern for Families

by Ferdinand D. Dagmang and Mary Elaine D. Casama

Pope Francis’ account of “The Experiences and Challenges of Families,” in Amoris Laetitia (AL chapter 2) cannot possibly include all experiences or challenges that families would encounter today. Pope Francis is, of course, aware of this when he states: “I will not attempt here to present all that might be said about... READ MORE


Tri-People Dialogue: Prospects for Peace Building in the Philippines

by Pablito A. Baybado, Jr

Interreligious dialogue in the Philippines is generally oriented towards peacebuilding. (PcID 2004; Buc 2010; larousse 2001; Interchurch organization for Development cooperation 2008). Peace building, according to Kadayifci-orellana, “is a complex and dynamic process of... READ MORE

The Intersection of Historical Injustices and Ecological Destruction in Asia

by Reynaldo D. Raluto

Filipinos are gratefully excited to celebrate in 2021 the fifth centenary of the coming of Christianity to their country, for although Christianity was born in Asia, it only arrived on Philippine soil in 1521. For this reason, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has... READ MORE

Praying Bodies, Dying Bodies: Reflection on the Nazareno and Santo Nino

by Rev. P. Daniel Franklin E. Pilario, CM

In the Quiapo Procession of the Black Nazarene are bodies—sweating bodies next to each other, rushing and pushing bodies—trying to reach, wipe, and wave at the passing image which is also a body of the suffering Jesus trying to stand up from the unjust pain imposed on him. At the Cebu... READ MORE

The Pedicab Drivers’ Daily Transgressions: Struggles for Provision and Care

by Ferdinand D. Dagmang and and Dalmacito A. Cordero Jr.

There are scores of drivers who steer their pedicabs along the Taft Avenue area, in front of the De La Salle University, Manila campus. At present, there is no updated number of pedicabs in Metro Manila roads and byways but in 1991, it was reported that a total number of 5,500 pedicabs are in operation. This represents 5.2% of the total public transportation vehicles of that year. The figure must have increased to approximately 10,000... READ MORE

Midya: Imbakan at Daluyan ng mga Tradisyon / Media: Vessel and Channel of Traditions

by Ferdinand D. Dagmang

Sa ating panahon, ang midya ay nauungkat kapag ang paksang pag-uusap at ugnayan (komunikasyon) ay tinatalakay. Bilang imbakan at daluyan ng impormasyon o kabatiran, ang midya ang nag-uugnay sa naghahatid (sender) ng mensahe at tumatanggap (receiver) nito. Kaya naman natatalakay sa usaping... READ MORE

Fostering Internationalization of Research and its Implications for Localization Practices:
A Case of an Aspiring Christian University

by Ferdinand D. Dagmang

Since the last ten years, De La Salle University has become more aggressive and vocal in its push for internationalization— as it has opened up and adjusted itself to the format and challenges of globalization, which is central to the character of world-renowned research universities fastened to dominant global economic and political forces. De La Salle University has assumed internationalization... READ MORE

Beyond Colonization: The Impact of History in Philippine Interreligious Dialogue

by Pablito A. Baybado, Jr.

The perception of history influences the understanding and practice of interreligious dialogue. The historical context of religion creates difficulties, challenges, and opportunities in interreligious dialogue. Swidler claims “that only if the truth statements were placed in their... READ MORE

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