While we were selling Pedrito dolls, my friends and I decided to watch “Frozen” of Walt Disney Films. At first, I was not that jacked-up or bummed-down as I am not a movie-goer..To be truthful, the movie didn’t even have that “10-Minute-Appeal”, but little did I know it would teach me some timely Christmas reflections on how God wants to “un-freeze” our own hearts from fear and anxiety.
Besides the pick-up lines and all that jazz, what caught my attention was when Princess Elsa, the heir-apparent to the throne of their kingdom who also happened to have a magical power that could control snow, accidentally struck her sister Princess Anna (the lead character). As a result of that mishap, Princess Anna — though healed by the Stone Trolls — forgot about her sister’s gift (or a curse, depending on the view-point); Princess Elsa had a tremendous case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that made her shun herself and her own family. Paradoxically, the Stone Trolls advised the King, the Queen and the Heir-Apparent Princess Elsa “NOT TO BE AFRAID” of Elsa’s gift (or curse). “It is easy to heal a frozen mind than a frozen heart,” they said.
Towards the latter part of the film, I realized that the frozen heart — frozen with fear and anxiety — leads people away from “true love” that connects us to our humanity and to our God. We tend to focus on what we are, or have and not the gift we can be to others. Also, I remember the experience of crossing the King’s Line at Kraton in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. While blind-folded, one has to let his/her self and not his/her mind speak — something which our Catholic faith teaches us and a virtue I personally need to practice more. Also, the time of Advent teaches the faithful, the silence of St. Joseph. With human reasoning and legal considerations aside, what matters is the Filipino virtue of “paninindigan”. I am reminded of the value of committing to what is right and just even when one has to stand alone in order to follow God’s will. This may not be as dramatic as last year’s “Soapy-Dramatic Christmas Blog”, but I realize the movie reminded me not to be pre-occupied with the visible Christmas.
May we continue to feel The Christ in Christmas, allowing Him to “un-freeze” us from excesses, doubts and fear. May we also stand firm (manindigan) on God’s design for us to be a gift to every person we meet.