Wednesday, December 04, 2013

"A VIrgin A Day": Day 4

Our Lady of Guadalupe on the gate at Bruno's in Cuba, NM

Wouldn't you love to have a gate like this? I would! El Bruno's in Cuba does-it is a locally owned family restaurant that specializes in New Mexican cuisine. It is a "we have to stop here" whenever we head out north on NM 550 highway (especially on the Chaco Canyon trips). I love that this restaurant is proud to show off Mary-they have other Mary related art throughout the restaurant. They show their love for our Mother unabashedly. 

And that's how our love should be, shouldn't it? Shown without conditions, without hesitation, without reservations, without fear of judgement. Whether it's for our Mother or anyone else.

As human beings, we all turn to examples of what we are trying to model our behavior after. It serves as a reminder to keep trying. It serves as inspiration. Most importantly, perhaps, is that it serves as an example to follow (as best we can).

It's not about idolatry worship-nothing could be further from the truth. It's about recognition and honoring the role that this incredible woman was chosen for.

An annual tradition for a group of us (hosted by the amazing Rebecca Brooks) is to post something about our Blessed Mother for 12 days-starting with December 1st and concluding on the Feast Day of Our Lady Of Guadalupe on Dec. 12th. I will admit, that for all of us, our lives are busy lives; particularly as we head into the Holiday Season. This kind of commitment is not as easy to do as one would think! However, it is not an exclusive group. You may join in just for one day, partial, or all!

And, by all means, please be sure to stop by and visit a few others who are on this 12 day journey.


Norma Ruttan said...

what a magnificent door! I wonder if anyone around here would post that kind of door to their establishment. of course, our section of Indiana is considered missionary territory.

Gillena Cox said...

blessed gate

much love...

redondowriter said...

I so wish I had a door like this, or there was a great New Mexican restaurant nearby with it. We do have a local restaurant called Ortega 120 that has a lot of wonderful art including a large collection of paintings of Day of the Dead. Thanks for sending this.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

What a beautiful carving.....stunning colours too!

Thank you for sharing this,

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

To think that Cuba, in the middle of nowhere, has a piece of art like this!

rebecca said...

dear paula,
i love your fierce and willing love! and the gate? heavenly!!!

Hettienne said...

I would love a door like that!! I can only but imagine the faces of my Calvinistic conformist neighbors! As it is our family is already known for our eccentric ways :D - your post is full of heart and fire, just like the Latin people and their culture! I am so happy for internet and blog landia and you!!


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