We visit churches in Oaxaca, Mexico. First – the Church of the Immaculate, which has translations of what the Lady of Guadalupe said to Juan Diego during his vision.
The Virgin of Guadalupe said to him (in his native language), “Am I not here, for I am your mother?” [the one who is your mother?]
I read chapter 50 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell:
“The Master gives himself up
to whatever the moment brings.”
We visit the Cathedral of Oaxaca. The lighting is too dim to make a video but we look at a chapel holding a piece of the cross that washed ashore at Huatulco (or was left by an old man thought to be St. Thomas) before the arrival of the Spandards. The native people worshiped the cross which miraculously resisted destruction by some passing pirates.
We visit the Church of Santo Domingo.
“He knows that he is going to die,
and he has nothing left to hold on to:”
“no illusions in his mind,”
“no resistances in his body.”
“He doesn’t think about his actions;”
“they flow from the core of his being.”
“He holds nothing back from life;”
“therefore he is ready for death,”
“as a man is ready for sleep
after a good day’s work.”