|Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe, Arts District, Dallas, Texas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The interior of the church was immaculate and gorgeous, dominated by the icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe over the altar. At one point in his homily, the priest paused noticeably but diplomatically when a child was too noisy. Quickly, the child was whisked away by his parent. The homily continued.
After Mass, the crowds exited to the contiguous church hall next door to eat Mexican food. I also saw the same thing I had seen years ago at another Spanish Mass at another Catholic cathedral (in Grand Rapids, Michigan): vendors in carts selling sodas and other treats across the street from the church. It was a festive atmosphere. In the plaza, in front of the Dallas cathedral, various parish groups had set up tables to entice parishioners' participation in various causes.
The above is a snapshot of something great and good that is happening to the Catholic Church in America: a festive influence by people still struggling and not affluent enough to be jaded and cynical and distracted by petty, sectarian debates. Amen.
P.S. Dallas--in northern Texas--is about 42% Hispanic (see Dallas, Texas, link above).