On the power and promised protection of La Virgen de Guadalupe
The story of La Virgen de Guadalupe as Steven Salido Fisher knows it begins at his abuela's bedside. In a commentary, the hospital chaplain tells the story of the importance of her promised protection now and at the hour of our death.
"My abuela told me La Virgen is always watching us from the sky to protect us," Fisher writes. "But I cannot tell you why some stars begin to fade and vanish from the night completely. … But I do know that a prayer card can only weigh as little as .16 ounces. I take one of La Virgen from my pocket in the hospital and fumbling my phone case open, I slip it inside to carry with me daily. It is an act of daily remembrance and burden and prayer for others I hope to be capable of and never forget."
With more people vaccinated against COVID-19, Catholics across the country are once again gathering to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe, who has been a source of hope for many Latinos throughout the pandemic.
3 lessons from a battery-powered holiday road trip
"The GPS predicted we'd cover the 374 miles between Boston and Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, in six hours. It took us 10," writes NCR publisher Bill Mitchell for EarthBeat. "Those four extra hours — plus another four on the return trip — tell a couple of stories."
Mitchell took the trip in an electric vehicle and has three lessons for those who are considering joining the country's transition to using this type of transport and its ability to make long trips without using a drop of gas.
As part of its long-running efforts to respect the environment and reduce its use of resources, the Vatican said it was gradually trying to replace all its service vehicles with an all-electric fleet.
To build the common good, Vincent Rougeau, president of the College of the Holy Cross, says we must begin with a basic question: "Do we want to live together in a democracy that is healthy and thriving, and that values all of its members? Do we value what has been handed down to us? With lots of stress and struggle?"
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