José M Lara
I was moved by the article, “Beloved Icon Concealed,” by Magdalena Gallegos that appeared in El Semanario in Dec. ’09. It was well researched, chronicling almost 40 years of events taking place at Guadalupe Church, and the vision of artist Carlota Espinosa.
I was Pastor of Guadalupe Church when this well-known artist painted the mural, and I was accurately quoted in that, “I have seen many murals of Our Lady, but none equals Carlota’s.”
It was in front of the mural that people wanted to be photographed on important celebrations in their lives like weddings, baptisms, mariachi masses, etc., for keepsakes to pass along and cherish. A pastor who served after my time recalls pictures of the mural on home altars throughout México.
Depriving parishioners and visitors the beauty and spiritually edifying presence of the mural accomplishes nothing positive. The mural should be reinstated to its dignified place. Those presently responsible for Guadalupe Church should be reminded of a recent papal proclamation by Benedict XVI calling on artists “to bring their talents to embellish the church like they did in past centuries.” A beloved, 40 year-old icon which has been a source of spirituality and cultural pride should not and cannot be concealed or discarded.