Opening the Door for Dreams: Building a New Future in the Philippines

KARL GASPAR, A THEOLOGIAN, ACTIVIST, dramatist, and longtime friend of Sojourners, was a Redemptorist brother working in the rural barrios of central Mindinao in the Philippines when this article appeared. His deep love for his people and committed work for their liberation led to his arrest and imprisonment for almost two years during Ferdinand Marcos' reign in the Philippines; a book of his prison reflections, How Long? (Claretian Publications, 1985), was published while he was still under detention.

Gaspar was visiting Sojourners when the "People Power" revolt of February 1986 swept Marcos from power. Below, he offers his reflections on the time since that revolt and the future of the Philippines. He was interviewed by Jim Wallis during their travels together.

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