Set against the tumultuous background of recent political events in the Philippines, this stirring memoir offers a vision of religion as an integral force for political and social change. In telling his often dramatic story, Father Niall O'Brien provides a vivid, first-hand account of life in the Philippines under Marcos--the political corruption, the crushing poverty, the illegal arrests and torture, and the exploitation of farm workers by rich landowners. Perhaps more important, he reveals how his encounters with widespread injustice gradually led him to a new understanding of what it means to live a religious life, reflecting his belief that spirituality involves actively working to redress social injustice.

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