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Are you wondering how God fits into your everyday life? How you can find your voice in your community and church? How you can get through another day of loss and grief? How you can make a difference in the world? What ideas you can embrace to nurture those in your family circle? How, in our diverse society, you can better appreciate another culture’s way of expressing belief in God? How to deepen your prayer life?
What life experience and wisdom you can share with others? If you are asking these thoughtful questions, the Called to Holiness series offers you much insight and encouragement for making sense of God and how you and your faith fit into the world—all from a woman’s perspective.
Covering such diverse topics as discovering the “theologian” inside yourself, dealing with change and loss, nurturing families or combating the social injustice in your community—and more, the eight Called to Holiness books will help you find God in the midst of your everyday life while empowering you on your individual faith journey.
Each volume in the series is penned by a Catholic woman theologian or expert and provides reading guides with discussion questions, rituals and applications to daily life as well as suggestions for further exploration of the topic.
Whether reading the Called to Holiness books on your own or with a group, you will find, in tangible ways, that your own life experiences reveal the sacred.
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GONZALEZ: RELIVING JESUS' CRUCIFIXION AND DEATH
Reliving Jesus' crucifixion and death
“On Good Friday in the streets of San Antonio, the first and twenty-first centuries meet and intertwine.”

On Good Friday in San Antonio, Texas, curious tourists and the faithful mix together and crowd the streets for the annual religious procession commemorating Jesus’ crucifixion and death. On this day, the walls of the city’s cathedral expand to embrace the city streets; sidewalks and roads become sacred space. On Good Friday in the streets of San Antonio, the first and twenty-first centuries meet and intertwine.
For the reenactment and procession, actors assume their roles as Roman soldiers, citizens, faithful women and even Jesus, who begins a slow and painful walk to the front of the cathedral. At one point in Jesus’ journey, the monseñor takes the cross from Jesus and carries it for him. Screams, sobs and the passion of the moment penetrate the air.
Jesus does not suffer alone
Participants do not just play a role, they relive the moment of Jesus’ historical suffering, crucifixion and resurrection. As the soldiers “nail” Jesus to the cross, tears well in the eyes of the faithful. The pain Jesus experiences mirrors the suffering of the crowd, who, in suffering with Jesus, makes sure Jesus does not suffer alone. Because Jesus suffered, they do not suffer alone. He accompanies them all in the daily sufferings of the struggle that is life.
Latino/as emphasize Jesus’ concrete historical reality and its implications for our understanding of Jesus today. At the center is the Crucified Jesus, who reveals God’s love for humanity and God’s presence with and advocacy for the poor. The Latino/a faith in the Crucified Jesus cannot be found in the dogmas, official teachings or theological treatises of academic theology but instead is situated in the concrete faith and lives of Latino/a communities. The Crucified Jesus accompanies the Latino/a community in all their struggles and suffering.
We do not suffer alone
Much has been made of what has been characterized as a Latino/a “obsession” with suffering. Indeed, we Latino/as are “Good Friday” more than “Easter” Catholics, and Ash Wednesday holds a special place in our hearts. It is both the materiality of the ashes and the reminder of our mortality that resonate with us. Yet this emphasis on suffering does not create a morbid or fatalistic spirituality. Instead, for Latino/as reminding ourselves that Jesus suffered and accompanying him in that suffering reveals to us that we do not suffer alone.
Similarly, Marian accounts such as Our Lady of Guadalupe’s apparition before an Indigenous man during the conquest and Our Lady of Charity’s discovery by an African slave and two Indigenous men in Cuba reveal to us the Mary of the Magnificat who “lifts up the lowly” and sings of a God in solidarity with the marginalized.
How do you commemorate Jesus’ death? In what ways does your Good Friday experience reflect Latina spirituality? Share your thoughts by clicking on Contact Us.

posted Wednesday, March, 18, 2009
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Weaving Faith and Experience: A Woman's Perspective on the Middle Years
by Patricia Cooney Hathaway
(available Spring 2010)
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