"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Monday, February 15, 2016

I like this: “amigo Francisco, Papa de la libertad”!

The Pope and Our Lady visit Chiapas.

The mystery of indigenous culture - reflected in the Tilma.  I think of that all of the time.  What a thrilling experience to have the Pope come to you - as he does in every Apostolic pilgrimage, to strengthen the faith of believers - to confirm them in faith.  He goes where Our Lady, as well as his predecessors, went before him.

The Pope had chosen to be with a people who have long been used and misused by the local ‘ladinos’, those of Spanish origin and the ‘mestizos’, those of mixed race. To put you in the picture not so long ago the indigenous people were only allowed into town for the market but had to return to their homes in the pine forests at night. - VR
The caste system still exists.  I remember from my youth a Mexican man who was definitely a mix of indigenous and mestizos, yet he insisted he was Puerto Rican instead of Mexican and therefore more Spanish.  I was too young to know the differences at the time, but it awakened in me a deeper interest in Latino culture, caste, and class systems.   I'm so glad the Holy Father goes beyond these divisions.

Your peoples, as the bishops of Latin America have recognized, know how to interact harmoniously with nature, which they respect as a “source of food, a common home and an altar of human sharing” (Aparecida, 472).
 And yet, on many occasions, in a systematic and organized way, your people have been misunderstood and excluded from society. Some have considered your values, culture and traditions to be inferior. Others, intoxicated by power, money and market trends, have stolen your lands or contaminated them. How sad this is! How worthwhile it would be for each of us to examine our conscience and learn to say, “Forgive me!” Today’s world, ravaged as it is by a throwaway culture, needs you! Exposed to a culture that seeks to suppress all cultural heritage and features in pursuit of a homogenized world, the youth of today need to cling to the wisdom of their elders! - Homily

He embraces  the people as a father, as the Mother of God first did in 1531.

The Vatican says Pope Francis has presented a decree to Mexican indigenous peoples approving the use of the Aztec language Nahuatl in Mass.
Francis celebrated a Mass in three other indigenous languages Monday during a visit to the southern state of Chiapas — Tzeltal, Tzotzil and Chol. Official approval for those languages is still pending.
Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, tells reporters that the fact that Francis celebrated a Mass in which readings, prayers and the Gospel were read out in those languages is a sign that they are allowed to be used. - Story


Niño Dios with basket of flowers, 
Templo Santo Domingo, San Cristóbal.


  1. My mother was so happy to get up early in the morning to watch and pray along with God's little ones in Chiapas. She said it was so beautiful and colorful and reverent. She told me the children sang and played instruments in their colorful clothes traditional to their indigenous cultures. I was at work but I will try and watch some of the events on Youtube.

    La Virgencita Morena, Madre del pobre y el pecador loves each and every one of us and desires with all of her heart to plant a seed in our hearts so that the Lord of Life may bear fruit. May it begin again in the hearts of her little ones.

    Thanks again Terry for your inspiring commentary.

    1. I didn't watch - but read about it. I'm amazed by the Holy Father! I love this.

    2. I didn't watch - but read about it. I'm amazed by the Holy Father! I love this.

  2. I wonder if Nahuatl was banned because of use in human sacrifice, longer than the other indio languages.

    I am sure Latin Mass put Spanish conquerors and Aztec conquered not quite on equal footing while assisting Holy Mass (Latin being related to Spanish), but closer to being so than Novus Ordo in Spanish was/is.

    Did you know one of the rare occasions when Latin was dispensed with and a non-Latin language allowed was in favour of an Algonquin language, Huron I think or Iroquoise.

    1. I didn't know that about the Algonquin. That's great. Those jesuits can do anything! ;)

  3. There was a Pope behind them. A real Pope.


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