The year was 1954, and the young priest, a wonderfully exuberant Italian by the name of Luigi Giussani, never got over the experience. “I found them so unaware of the most elementary things,” he was to write years later, “and so indifferent to them, that I felt an uncontrollable desire to share my experience with them. I wanted them to have, as I had had, the experience of the ‘beautiful day.’”
This is a problem. From the first day the “flag” email site was announced, its creation symbolically signaled that the Obama administration intended to do everything it could to promote its social policies and suppress all dissent. Some worried whether the creation of the site to inform on dissenters from the president’s policies was just a ploy to gather information about potential political enemies.
Leaving aside the apparition itself, which is as supernatural a sight as anything to be seen this side of Paradise, perhaps the most striking feature about the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the fact that there appear to be only Hispanics and Latinos who actually go there. Vast numbers, to be sure, who present the most moving spectacle of faith, particularly in the intensity of the attention they pay to the Woman they regard as their Mother. Here then are her beloved children, come to pay tribute, an act of homage shorn of every blessing save that of the certainty of the hope that they are embraced by the arms of God’s own Mother. She whom the Church, in an ancient hymn dating back to the 5th century, dares to call “Paradise…for in you has bloomed the flower of immortality.”
But, seriously, where are all the gringos?
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