Anthology 2013 A Spanish Lullaby Part III

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“In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together;  the leopard will lie down with the baby goat.The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion,and a little child will lead them all”.   

Elizabeth Conde-Frazier wrote this widely acclaimed book (Listen to the Children-Conversations with Immigrant Families)  which brings the hard realities and questions to the forefront. 

Listen to the Children offers unique insight into the emotions and perceptions of immigrant families:wpid-IMG_20130220_200241.JPG

  • How and why do adults make the decision to emigrate from their homeland?
  • How does the separation affect children?
  • What challenges does eventual reunification of the family bring?

Judson Press Review

The underlining theme throughout many of these Latino literary pieces recommended this month, is the presence and impact of spirituality upon the lives of Latinos. this is expounded upon in a quote of this book on page 90:

Traditionally psychologist have Identified four basic categories of human needs: physical, social, cognitive, and emotional. Recently a new dimension, the spiritual, has been added to these four because of how it contributes to the resiliency of children and their families. Recognition of  the spiritual dimension creates opportunities for religious communities to enrich the experiences of children and their families in times of crisis.

Just as the soothing sound of a so-called Black-Gospel song of worship brings the rejuvenating life and empowering comfort to one of its believers through the empowering rhythms of their messages.  Through some of the core principles, the Latino faith and the expressions of that faith, exhibit a far more complex society than the average outside narrative could conceive.

imagesCABQHC2HGloria Rodriguez explains that this dimension is woven into the fabric of Latinos/as culture. Faith and spirituality shape our customs and become powerful forces that reinforce the minds, hearts, and self-esteem of children, nurturing them as persons who have something special to offer society.

As the societal conversation of diversity takes on a more spiritual essence, now is not the time to draw lines in the sand, on the pew, the boardroom, in our neighborhood or at the job etc. Now is the time to use our newly recognized spiritual clout in a way that draws from all sides of the ethnic cultural divide.

“The Messiah has made things up between us so that we’re now together on this, both non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders. He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance. He repealed the law code that had become so clogged with fine print and footnotes that it hindered more than it helped. Then he started over. Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody. Ephesians 2:14 The Message (MSG)”
 
In this day of the xenophobia, i.e. being afraid of everyone different than the Western Eurocentric model; a proactive and  calming measure would be to embrace the Spanish Lullaby through the voices of the children. Hear them speak through each story in this great book about real people outside of the lines of any framed debate or dogma. This is not to promote an agenda or to gain any advantage in the courtrooms of opinion, It is simply to listen to the children, because we are “Building the Bridge Together” .   
 
Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1
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