Octavio Paz said that "there are two beliefs deeply imbedded in Mexican consciousness: belief in the lottery and belief in the Virgin of Guadalupe."
When I first read this I was laughing and nodding in agreement at the same time. I've always believed that I'm Catholic more by culture than by faith. I don't go to church every Sunday and you won't see me praying rosaries every night. I attended a Catholic all girls school until I was 12 and it really affected my religious believes. Don't worry, I won't go into details since I don't want to start a religious debate here... I had enough debating with the nuns in my school!
But no matter what my believes are or how I feel about my religion, there is something I know for sure: La Virgencita de Guadalupe is a part of me. And so today along with México and other Latinoamericanos, I celebrate the day she became part of our lives.
I wanted to dress Julián as a little Juan Diego and take him to the celebrations this morning. I actually ordered his outfit from México for this special day. However, when the alarm went off at 5am and I saw my baby sleeping so peacefully, I couldn't wake him up. I'm sure la Virgencita understands though, we would turn on the TV and watch the celebrations in México and singing the mañanitas along.