By Silvio Sirias
In 1980, with the Sandinistas newly in energy, 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 seems. She tells Bernardo to put out of your mind his funds difficulties and worry of ridicule and unfold her message of peace and religion to his associates. even though 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 authorized via the Roman Catholic Church within the final sixty years.Silvio Sirias' sweeping novel tells many tales: that of a humble guy touched through the transcendent; that very same guy as a religious boy denied the priesthood as a result of poverty; and people in his orbit, prior and current. it's also the stormy epic of Nicaragua during the lengthy Somoza years to the Sandinista revolution. Sirias' attractive language mixes English with Spanish and information of dusty village lifestyles with wondrous photographs of Catholic mysticism. His portrayal of the wealthy fresh prior of primary the United States resonates with the reports of either the natives and the thriving groups of Nicaraguans, Salvadorans, and others placing down roots within the usa.
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Doña Eloísa was as tough as the cast-iron bells of la Catedral de León. Even Padre Orlando, who inspired fear, feared her. And not only could the woman be stubborn, she could be prideful as well. Doña Eloísa made up this cuento loco about how she stole the infant Bernardo from her own daughter, Simeona, because she was angry with her for marrying un negro. No one in Cuapa believed the story. No one, that is, with the exception of the unfortunate Bernardo. The truth was that the couple gave the infant to doña Eloísa because they were so poor they couldn’t afford to raise the child themselves.
Then an idea occurred to me. I told Bernardo that he should talk to Sor Conchita. She always seems to be able to think of something. ” he said excitedly, almost shouting. “Nuestra Señora must have sent you. ” He was so grateful I thought he was going to kiss me. Sadly, he didn’t. “I’ll stop by your school sometime next week. ” 44 DULIA I couldn’t, obviously, tell him that Sor Conchita didn’t have a clue that I was there. March 1, Feast of San Rudecindo Bernardo came to El Guapinol today, looking just as valiant as San Rudecindo when el santo fought off the Muslim inﬁdels (why they’re “inﬁdels” I don’t know, but that’s what Sor Ada called them this morning) at Santiago de Compostela.
More important, when the priest was totally honest with himself, he would admit that he had come to feel a lot of affection for los chontaleños. Although the barrenness of their minds and the simplicity of their thoughts would at times make him feel like buying a ticket on the next boat to Granada—and giving up the priesthood—he knew that they were good people. Salt of the earth. In spite of their poverty, their superstitions, and their ignorance, they possessed remarkable faith. In a way, he envied their childlike belief in Dios; they seemed closer to the kingdom of heaven than the people he had grown up around.
Bernardo and the Virgin (Latino Voices) by Silvio Sirias