What started out two years ago as a mere hobby gave birth to a book.
My book entitled “Crossroads: Musings of a Millennial about the Youth and God” revolves around those intersections where God and millennials could meet. Each chapter is a contemplation of God from a specific angle (e.g. music, pain, element of time, period of youth, etc.).
It is a product of my love for philosophy and theology, and of being nourished by the works of Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, Karol Wojtyla (St. Pope John Paul II), Josef Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), Josef Pieper, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Clive Staples Lewis, and Gilbert Keith Chesterton – all of whom I admire and whose writings I love to read.
The idea for this book is that I, being young myself, would like to share with my fellow millennials my thoughts about God – the seemingly elusive and controversial God – and some fundamental questions about life. This book does not attempt to be a theological treatise. It is simply a compilation of my realizations through personal experiences and encounters with varied people filtered through the tenets of faith.
Writing this book came out as a surprise to me – coming from someone who has been reared up in a pagan environment. I am happy to be a product of the University of the Philippines (UP) – where I have studied from Kindergarten to Graduate School – a school known to stand by its nationalism, independence, freedom and pursuit of passions. I mention my school because it is in this kind of seemingly non-conformist atmosphere where I discovered God, or perhaps better to say that God made me discover Him.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Finding Ourselves
II. Rebels in Disguise: https://www.wya.net/op-ed/the-rebels-in-disguise/
III. Freedom Fighters
IV. You Only Live Once
V. Beyond a Pair of Sticks: https://www.wya.net/op-ed/beyond-a-pair-of-sticks/
VI. The Leader of the Band
VII. Precious Time
VIII. Happiness in Ordinary Life
IX. The Question on Pain: https://www.wya.net/op-ed/the-question-on-pain/
X. I Wonder, is God Real?
WORDS OF GRATITUDE
My deepest gratitude to my parents Papa Rolan and Mama Mayette Lorenzo, who taught me and my two siblings, Leandro and Maan, how to live and love. They instilled in us that there is enthusiasm in discipline, dignity in defeat, freedom in limitations, and joy in self-giving. They taught us the right order of appreciating things, making us more acquainted first with the fundamental things (such as faith, good-heartedness, friendship, self-worth) in life that may come out to be “little” according to the standards of the world. And so if ever “more” (like professional success, prestige, riches) comes, there could only be fuller happiness. From my parents I discovered that in every nook and cranny of this world there is so much to learn, and the best things to learn are primarily those relating to God.
To my artist friend, Rex Aguilar, who made an artwork (entitled “I am Heard”) just for this book, my deepest gratitude. The magnum opus he painted captures well the essence of the book – it is the whole book transposed into an artwork. He displays freshness in his take of life and has a gift of perspective. I believe there are many good artists, but still, he is a rarity.
I also earnestly thank my editors, Val Averia and Ian Culibao, for meticulously reading my writings. They know how to connect to the readers and have truly made my manuscript more simple and understandable. Digging into their comments and revisions made me realize the things I have to improve in my writing style.
My appreciation also goes to Sha Nacino for being our mentor in the 90-Day Book Writing Challenge. With her valuable modules and inputs, this once abstract idea of mine of writing a book has become a reality. Her passion in writing and in touching lives is contagious.
Together with all the people I have met and all the events that transpired in my life, I have acquired strength of my convictions and zest for life. This work is a fruit of this continuing journey.
The book was launched on 23 September 2017 at the Mini-Meralco Theater in Ortigas, Philippines.