Thursday 22 January 2015

Blessed Laurita Vicuna...



This is how Laura Vicuna really looked: the only known photo to have been discovered of the young girl. You can see that she was quite different from the traditional images. Because her mother was Mapuche, like Zepherino Namuncura. I am wondering why that fact have to be so carefully hidden all these years....

Her father was a prominent aristocrat, a military man in Chile. Someone said that "they could not get married" because the mother, Mercedes, was Mapuche. 

Laura Vicuna could well be patron of many youngsters - and many salesians too - with difficult family backgrounds. To be kept in mind, however, is what a young salesian said to me: "all families are dysfunctional." Perhaps the only difference is that things are more dramatic and more visible today.

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