By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Candlemas Mexican Style--in N.Y.C.

The Presentation of Jesus at the TempleImage via Wikipedia
Here is the link to a delightful article about Mexican-Americans preparing to celebrate Candlemas in New York City. The merging of Catholicism with Mexican culture is profound--something missing from American culture. That is a fact for Catholics to recall when the immigrant-bashing rhetoric gets excessive. I, for one, am grateful for immigrants such as these.

(Simply ask yourself: how often do you read about a Mexican immigrant trying to plant a bomb or engage in a terrorist act? Not often, if at all. Rather, the vast majority comes to the U.S. to landscape our lawns, to pick the crops that keep the produce section well-stocked in our grocery stores, to wash our windows, to change our bedpans, and to do many other necessary things that others deem below their dignity. Politically active pro-lifers, especially, better make sure that they do not alienate such immigrants who hold an important key to political power in presidential contests in the near future.)