By Silvio Sirias
In 1980, with the Sandinistas newly in strength, tailor and pig farmer Bernardo Martinez witnesses a unprecedented factor: an otherworldly glow concerning the statue of the Virgin Mary within the church the place he works as sacrist?n. quickly the Holy Virgin appears to be like. She tells Bernardo to overlook his funds difficulties and worry of ridicule and unfold her message of peace and religion to his associates. although a piece of fiction, Bernardo and the Virgin is predicated on real occasions in Bernardo Martinez's lifestyles. The visitation of the Virgin Mary at Cuapa, Nicaragua, continues to be one of many few such occasions approved by way of the Roman Catholic Church within the final sixty years.Silvio Sirias' sweeping novel tells many tales: that of a humble guy touched by way of the transcendent; that very same guy as a religious boy denied the priesthood due to poverty; and people in his orbit, prior and current. it's also the stormy epic of Nicaragua in the course of the lengthy Somoza years to the Sandinista revolution. Sirias' appealing language mixes English with Spanish and info of dusty village existence with wondrous photos of Catholic mysticism. His portrayal of the wealthy contemporary prior of critical the United States resonates with the reviews of either the natives and the thriving groups of Nicaraguans, Salvadorans, and others placing down roots within the usa.
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The boy’s face radiated with eagerness, enough to illuminate the church if it had been night. Bernardo’s desire to become a priest did not surprise Padre Orlando; he had been expecting the request for some time now. In his mind, the priest had rehearsed his response many times. ” “I don’t know, Padre. I mean, everything priests say and do seems so beautiful to me. I have prayed to Nuestro Señor that he consider me worthy. I want to serve him. ” Padre Orlando was in no mood to encourage anyone to follow in his footsteps.
A good education cures poverty,” Sor Conchita says. That’s why I have to stop thinking about Bernardo. I have to stop wondering whether he will be my ﬁrst kiss. But during today’s reading of Las vidas de los santos I thought about how, at least once a year, Santa Escolástica got to see the person she loved most in the world: her brother, San Benedicto. I want so much to see Bernardo again. 42 DULIA February 24, Feast of San Matías Like the apostle San Matías, I’ve responded to the calling of love.
He asked in a low, rumbling growl. “This is an important moment in our parish’s history, Padre. ” Bernardo’s response disarmed the priest. Padre Orlando’s shoulders drooped, and he let out a heavy sigh. “I understand,” he said. The priest left to go inside the church, to his ofﬁce. The committee waited for him, sitting on the steps. When he returned, he handed Bernardo a sheet of paper. Bernardo passed the note to Blanca. She read it, nodded, and returned the paper to him. Moving up one step, Bernardo turned to face the committee.