Cuba is well known for certain things. World famous cigars that are illegal in America. The Bay of Pigs invasion fiasco (see the film JFK for a brief outline). Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, the poster-boy icons of 1960s Communism.
The island has been a bastion of Marxism
for many decades, hence the resentment of the American government, and its
celebration by various media 'luvees' and pop bands; but might it become well-known
for something else in the years to come?
As the fabulous (in Welsh: fab'lus - aka tidy) Catholic and Welsh A Reluctant Sinner
blog has outlined, over half the island's population has come out to
venerate the statue of the nation's patron, Our Lady of Charity. Can you
imagine over half the population of any other nation doing this? I bet you might be able to name one or two others, but even then you wouldn't be certain.
makes me think of a few things. First that Communism has failed, again.
The commissars that say our Faith is the "opiate of the people" were
liars, for it keeps them alive, it makes them defend good values, it
makes families and communities stronger.
Secondly that if the people of Cuba have held onto their Faith, which they clearly seem to have, then the future must hold great things in store, if the people there can keep a hold of that Faith when the onslaught of hedonism, moral relativism and anti-family liberal "values" break like a storm onto the island nation.
May Our Lady protect Cuba when that ferocious storm breaks, just as she saved the 'three Juans' (go read the story at A Reluctant Sinner). Now that would be both fab'lus and indeed tidy.