Quote of the moment

"I have to tell it again and again: I have no doctrine. I only point out something. I point out reality, I point out something in reality which has not or too little been seen. I take him who listens to me at his hand and lead him to the window. I push open the window and point outside. I have no doctrine, I carry on a dialogue." Martin Buber

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Gratitude - Time to take a new view

Time to see my life from an angle of gratitude:

Another view on gratitude- seeing ourselves in nature:

 Today I am grateful for:

  • My husband who snuggled with me last night to take the night's chill away. 

  • My endurance to stick with my diet that I am able to put on pants long forgotten and worn a size or two ago. 

  • The beautifully warm autumn's day and clean clear air here in Santiago, Chile.

Vote From Abroad Re-launches

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

El Porcesión del Encuentro 05-04-2012 in Cartagena, Spain

El Porcesión del Encuentro 05-04-2012 , are the photos and videos located on Flickr that I took of Jorge's second time as a portapaso (throne carrier) and that of Perez-Campos family as they participated in Good Friday's predawn procession that is climaxed with the encounter of the Virgin Mary and Jesus bearing the cross. Photos and videos include Jorge's preparing for the procession, joining up with the Juan-Pérez Campos, the procession itself, and the final entrance into the church at sunrise.  The photos show the military-like precision mixed with the intimacy of our family reuniting to celebrate the resurrection of Christ within the historic and narrow streets of old Cartagena.

Jorge is a member of the oldest Brotherhood of Our Lord Jesus of Nazareth, known as Los Marrajos dating back to the 17th century. The name Marrajo originates from the tradition to paying for their procession by selling a mako shark known as marrajo. Wearing a rich purple and organize the two main processions on Good Friday (including the predawn one Jorge is in).

The first of the three groups that comprise the procession stepped off at 2:45AM from the Church of Santa María de Gracia. Jorge and the throne of San Juan was in this group. The next, Jesús of Medianceli left the Polytechnic University of Cartagena at 3:10. The third group left at 3:20 with the Virgin of Sorrow also from the Church of Santa Maria de Gracia.  The encounter occurred with a punctuality not seen before- right at 5AM with all three groups uniting beneath the glow of the full moon.

The Virgen Dolorosa and  Jesus, face to face 

This year's procession for Jorge was especially poignant given the passing of his mother only two days earlier on April 3 and her funeral the following day, April 4.

María Teresa Martínez (Abuela) November 14, 1926- April 3, 2012. Photo taken Palm Sunday April 1, 2012

To see how much Cartagena and the processions have changed over time view a video of Cartagena in 1927, one year after María's birth:

This second half shows the same procession that Jorge was in: