E4: La Caridad del Cobre

My grandparents took care of me every single day after school and all through the school holidays, until I was in high school and had to ride a bus home. When I’d want to nap, I wander to the back room of their house to lie down. Perched on top of a dresser in the corner of that room was what I thought was a beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary. Standing on a crescent moon, she loomed over a small row boat being tossed on the waves with three sailors aboard, her arms open, a golden halo around her head.

When my grandparents had both passed away, the statue fell into the care of my mother, the only of her siblings who is still a practicing Catholic. A few months ago, I was poking around in the closet of my parents’ guest room looking for photo albums and other trinkets from my childhood when, lo and behold, there she was. My mom told me her name was La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre. A mouthful, I know. I had already been thinking about starting this podcast at the time, and decided then and there that I’d have to do an episode about this Patroness Saint of Cuba, who had literally looked down on me most of my life.

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Resignation by Kevin MacLeod
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