Posts tagged "faith"

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 13 days 'til Christmas

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 13 days 'til Christmas
December 12 is the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. There are masses and celebrations in her honor in Mexico and across the United States. This image of La Virgen is next to St. Procopius Catholic Church, 1641 S. Allport Street, in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. She warms my heart even in the... Read more »

Nativity Scenes de Navidad

This mini nativity scene is in the shape of an egg.
It is believed that the first nativity scene was set up by St. Francis of Assisi in 1223. Shortly after that clay figures were created in Italy to show the birth of the baby Jesus. Nativity scenes, also called nacimientos in Spanish, feature Mary, Joseph, the Three Wise Men, angels and some farm animals. On... Read more »

Honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe on her feast day Dec. 12

Photo by Teresa Puente, Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico City During my 1970s adolescence there were few famous Latina actresses or singers, like Jennifer Lopez or Salma Hayek, who made curves cool and Latinas fashionable. The first major image of Latina womanhood that I discovered was on a childhood road trip with my family to Mexico.... Read more »

Finding faith on Day of the Dead

Photo by Mark Butkus Once I drove through Michoacan, Mexico, where night vigils in the cemeteries lit up the town. I took the road around Lake Patzcuaro stopping where flowers and candles decorated the graves. In one home, a life-size altar had been built and family members greeted neighbors and strangers alike with food and... Read more »