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Border of Death, Valley of Life An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit

ISBN-10: 0742522415

ISBN-13: 9780742522411

Edition: 2002

Authors: Daniel G. Groody, Virgilio Elizondo, Gustavo Gutierrez

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This book is a powerful first-hand account of religious ministry reaching out to heal the lives of desperate people who come to the United States, often illegally, seeking a better life.
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/30/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 212
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Father Daniel G. Groody has ministered to Mexican immigrants since working with the Mexican community in South Bend, Indiana as a young priest. He is now Associate Director of the Institute of Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He lives in South Bend, Indiana.

A Peruvian Catholic priest, Gustavo Gutierrez was born to mestizo parents in a barrio of Lima, Peru. Often called the founder of liberation theology in Latin America, he studied philosophy at the University of Louvain in Belgium and took his doctorate in theology at the University of Lyon in France in 1959. Returning to Lima in 1960, Gutierrez taught theology at the Catholic University in Lima. His own background and identification with the poor soon prompted him to work among the dispossessed peasant families crowding Lima's barrios. His experiences led to a break with the Catholic hierarchy and traditional church teachings in the 1960s and 1970s. Gutierrez rejects the existing Catholic view of poverty. In his view, while God regarded all people as equals, he held a special concern for the impoverished and disinherited. Gutierrez believes that God not only supports the poor's struggle for justice but also wishes the teachings of his church to ensure their liberation. In theological terms, this entails liberation from unjust social classes, from a sense of fate, and from personal sin and guilt. Therefore, Gutierrez fiercely argues, the church has a duty to take the lead in redeeming society and helping end the social, political, and economic conditions that entrap Latin Americans in poverty. His forthright explication of these views in A Theology of Liberation (1971) brought him worldwide attention. Almost overnight, these beliefs helped shape both a religious and a political agenda known as "liberation theology," which has spread throughout Latin America.

Foreword
Introduction
The Crushed Heart: The Dynamics of Mexican Emigration and Immigration
A Hunger for Freedom, A Wall of Separation
Breaking from Home in Mexico
The Pressure to Immigrate
Breaking from Family
Breaking from the Familiar
Crossing the U.S.-Mexican Border
The Border Patrol: La Migra
The Smuggler: El Coyote
The Life-Threatening Elements: La Muerte
Entering a Foreign Land
Political-Cultural Alienation: Mexican in an American Land
Socio-Economic Alienation: Poor in a Prosperous Land
Psycho-Spiritual Alienation: Lonely in an Unfamiliar Land
The Immigrant Predicament: A Stranger in a Foreign Land
The Immigrant Journey as a Way of the Cross
The Rehabilitated Heart: The Dynamics of Healing and Empowerment
A Spiritual Home in a Foreign Land
The Coachella Valley
The Valley Missionary Program
The Shrine and the Retreat House
The Missionary Encounter Retreat
Ritual and Mexican Immigrant Spirituality
A Spirituality of the Heart
A Ritual Process of Spiritual Transformation
Arriving with a Guarded Heart
The Cracking Open of a Stony Heart
The Healing of a Wounded Heart
The Creating of a Spiritual Heart
The Touching of God's Heart
The Ennobling of a Mexican Heart
The Cleansing of a Sinful Heart
The Awakening of a Joyful Heart
The Empowering of a Loving Heart
The Witnessing of a Grateful Heart
A Contextual Theology of Encounter
A New World and a New Way of Life: A Sacramental and Incarnational Spirituality
The Animated Heart: The Dynamics of Conversion and Transformation
A Foundation for Conversion
Affective Conversion through the Experience of the Beautiful
From Guardedness to Openness
From Negative Stereotypes to a More Positive Self-Identity
From Guilt to Forgiveness
Social Conversion through the Experience of Love
From Cultural Denial to Cultural Affirmation
From Indifference to Care
From Family of Blood to Family of the Spirit
Intellectual Conversion through the Experience of the Truth
From Machos to Hombres de Verdad (From Studs to Authentic Men)
From Viejas to Mujeres de Dignidad (From Old Maids to Dignified Women)
From Functional Illiteracy to Internalized Wisdom
Personal Moral Conversion through the Experience of the Good
From Powerlessness to Empowerment
From Self-Centered to Christ-Centered
From Immigrants to Missionaries
Religious Conversion through the Experience of Friendship with God
From a Distant, Impersonal God to a Close Personal Friend
From Sacramental Obligation to Sacramental Celebration
From Desgraciado to Graciado (From Disgraced to Graced)
From Death to Life: The Paschal Mystery in Coachella
The Flowering of the Heart: The Dynamics of Inculturation and Mission
The Mesoamerican Story and the Guadalupe Story
The Religious Ethos of Mesoamerica: Two Core Mesoamerican Symbols
Atltepetl: Fertile Center of the Divine Spirit
Corazon: Source of Life and Knowledge
Guadalupe: Rooting Christianity in Mesoamerican Soil
Tepeyac: A Christian Atltepetl
Juan Diego: An Encounter with the Divine Heart
Guadalupe: The Flowering of Mexican Christianity
The Encounter Retreat in Coachella: The Guadalupe Story and the Gospel Story
La Virgen and the Team: A New Message, a New Way of Life
Juan Diego and the Candidates: Out of Darkness, a New Light
Bishop Zumarraga and the Church: A Listening Church, a Church of the Poor
Tepyac and the Shrine: A New Center, A New Home
Flor y Canto: A Divine Message, A Human Medium
The Tilma and a Spirituality of Conversion: An Initial Response, An Ongoing Challenge
Juan Diego as Prototype of Converting Mexican-Immigrant Christian
Afterword
The Nican Mopohua--The Guadalupe Story
Bibliography
Index
About the Author