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    Marian devotion in the history of the Catholic Church has played an important role to enliven faith practice among believers. The devotional practices have been maintained from generation to the next because of Marian apparitions, miracles, and signs. The faithful eyewitnesses testify about Mary by their experiences and visions, so Marian powerful messages could be scattered, and such messages have become central theological cores of the devotion in each faith community. This is also true for Marian

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    Visions of the angels, saints, and the blessed family are not experiences that all people have. Visions, which are also called miracles, and are sent to select individuals and so they become touched by God. A vision is “something seen in a dream, trance, or ecstasy; especially: a supernatural appearance that conveys a revelation.” There have been numerous miracles that have occurred all around the world to people of different ethnicities, genders, and ages. One of these miracles occurred in

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    Defining Miracles

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    Defining Miracles 'A miracle may be accurately defined as a transgression of a law of nature by a particular volition of the Deity, or by the interposition of some invisible agent.' David Hume "Miracles are propitious accidents, the natural causes of which are too complicated to be readily understood." George Santayana A miracle is a 'marvellous event due to some supposed supernatural agency' Oxford English Dictionary. In my opinion I believe that a miracle is an event that cannot

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    Icons of Ambivalence in Bless Me Ultima

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    arguably one of the Mexico's basic texts, the story of the Miraculous Apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531. The Virgin of Guadalupe does not fit the usual model of the Virgin as she appears to believers, the biggest change being her native appearance. She is of the dominant culture's religion, and yet she is not. Her appearance is one of only eight worldwide that have found acceptance by the Catholic Church (Apparition 48). Moreover, she is a symbol of the native culture as well and has reverence

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    Our Blessed Mother at Fatima On May 13th, 1917 three children were playing games in the field while tending their sheep. Suddenly they saw a flash of light. Thinking it to be lightning, the children gathered the sheep and started for home. They took refuge under a tree about a hundred yards away. They saw a flash of light again. They began running when they saw, standing over a small holmoak tree, a Lady dressed in white more brilliant than the sun. That was the beginning of Our Blessed Mother

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    Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe

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    For most of the people in the Spanish-speaking world, religion is a large part of daily life, and a large percentage of those people are Catholics. According to America Magazine, in 2010, the largest population of Catholics in the world resided in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mexico has the second-largest Catholic population of any country in the world, with 85 percent of its residents identifying themselves as practicing Catholicism (Catholic). One of the main beliefs of the Catholic faith

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    Cross Culture

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    According to Jandt (2013), cultures avail us with various ways of interpreting the environment and the world, as well as relating to other peoples. This course has been an eye opener for me to the diversity of cultures of the world; it was indeed a great learning experience. I have a better understanding of the diverse cultures I have being exposed to, at home and at work, and everywhere; the subcultures, and I have come to appreciate them all, knowing that none is superior to the other, but all

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    Experiencing the Known

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    There are more Latinos in America than any other ethnic groups (Piar/Stone, xiii). As we experience in our daily lives, there are Latino people most of the places we go to. The major Latino groups in the United States are respectively from Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Cuba (Piar/Stone, xiii). Their main religion is Roman Catholicism (Piar/Stone, xiii). Latinos in our today’s community are not seen as white, and still do look like an outsider in America because most of them are new generation immigrants

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    The Lady of Guadalupe is a huge part of the Mexican tradition, and how many people look up to her in a very godly way. She is important, because she reminds people of their appreciation for their own cultures, along with the other cultures that are all over the world. The Lady of Guadalupe is someone that is the exact replica of the Virgin Mary. But, the only difference is, is that the Virgin Mary is a saint that is represented in the European culture, and the Lady of Guadalupe in the Aztec and Native

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    In the Middle Ages, lay brethren participated in the development of monasteries so monks could focus on their studies. The monastic tradition sprang from the idea that monks would act as "spiritual militia" to prevent people from sinning and give penances to those who fell into temptation. "Our Lady 's Tumbler" serves as a distinction for a lay person, as he is housed in a monastery and performs self-inflicted penances for his sins. While there are some insinuations for the lay community in this

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