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All the Agents and SaintsDispatches from the U.S. Borderlands$
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Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469631592

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631592.001.0001

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The Healing

The Healing

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All the Agents and Saints

Stephanie Elizondo Griest

University of North Carolina Press

Her continued search for miracles leads the author to the Flores family. Gilbert, the patriarch, is famous in Robstown, Texas, for spotting la Virgen de Guadalupe beneath the pulpit of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church after its carpet got ripped out for replacement. The author accepts Gilbert’s invitation to attend a “healing mass,” wherein parishioners are tapped on the forehead with a golden monstrance by a priest and then fall in rapture on the floor. After hours of debating, she finally decides to partake in the ritual, too, as part of her own spiritual journey as a lapsed (yet hopeful) Catholic.

Keywords:   Santa Barraza, Homero Vera, U.S. Mexico border, La Virgen de Guadalupe, healing mass, Catholicism, spiritual mestizaje, Robstown, Texas, Tejano, miracle

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