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BirthingBy Mark UnbehagenHow does one birth peace. . .in a world that seems to prefer the profits of war?How can one birth hope. . .in a time when devastation is born of poverty and pandemic?How does one birth love. . .in a world whose heart is captive to fear?How can one birth joy. . .How can one birth joy?The plastic manger scene on the front lawnjust doesn’t do it!Birthing is so much more!It is, and requires. . .radical intimacy,prolonged patience,the coming together of pain and ecstasy,the joining of our deepest hopes and fears.Face it,birthing is a messy business.And yet this process occurs every moment of our lives:as our bodies birth cell upon cell,as our minds birth ideas and dreams into the world,as our spirits birth. . .in the midst of labor and pain. . .
as our spirits birth.. JOY
From the Education for Justice website.
Today is the Feast of La Virgen de Guadalupe. I share a stylized image from a photo that I took in the National Shrine in Washington, DC, and I had to include a YouTube video of the people in the cathedral in Mexico City singing “Las Mañitas,” which is traditionally sung in la madrugada (early in the morning). After all, the words, “Despierta, Madre, despierta” are meant to awaken her! The processions, the prayers, and the Mass are also customarily followed with tamales and champurado (a very special chocolate drink)!
¡Con mucho gusto!
And the lyrics to the song are:
Estas son las mañanitas, que cantaba el Rey David,
Hoy por ser día de tu santo, te las cantamos a ti,
Despierta, Madre, despierta, mira que ya amaneció,
Ya los pajarillos cantan, la luna ya se metió.
Que linda está la mañana en que vengo a saludarte,
Venimos todos con gusto y placer a felicitarte,
Ya viene amaneciendo, ya la luz del día nos dio,
Levántate de mañana, mira que ya amaneció.