I was glad to read the review of the United Farm Workers story (“Becoming David,” by Kevin Lum, December 2009), but I was dismayed that nothing was said of the deepest, clearest source for David’s success or that of César Chávez. Young David rejected armor (the normal way to gear up), which the review seems to concentrate on; David trusted in the name of Yahweh.
It was the same with Chávez. His marching under the image of Our Lady Of Guadalupe was the root of the UFW’s success; his faith, his deep sense of divine help through Mary, lifted the UFW above ordinary organizing efforts. Recall Mary’s words, “my soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord ... He has filled the starving with good things, and sent the rich away empty.”
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