I spent a week in gorgeous Guanajuato, Mexico, with its brightly-colored buildings spilling down into a valley. One day, an older man coming towards me on the street looked to a doorway, doffed his hat and continued past. What was that about? Reaching the spot myself, I saw: It was a hotel, and in the entryway hung a huge image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
From that point on, I kept my eyes open for other such acts of visible, yet quiet piety, and I saw plenty. I’d stand outside one of the many, also brightly colored, churches, and as young and old passed, I observed them. It wasn’t everyone, but enough—men tipped their hats, young and old made the Sign of the Cross, some pausing, others not even breaking stride or stopping in their conversations as they acknowledged God’s presence in the midst of their busy days.
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