(I’m not sure how far north the influence of the cult of ‘Saint’ Death has gone so this is a wiki article about it.)
When I first converted I knew a little about ‘Santa’ Muerte but I didn’t pay it much mind. I have heard a few instances of the Church formally coming out against ‘her’ and figured it would die out but now I see this ‘Saint’ everywhere in a lot of the hispanic/chicano parts of our metroplex. (Cars, all over Botanica windows, jewelry, tattoos, and even prayer candles at the supermarket.) So many people that I know have ended up being devotees after I have gotten to know them a little. Even family members are getting sucked in. Someone told me that ‘she’ is just the Virgin of Guadalupe, only dead! I correct them and tell them to talk to Father about it or even just look up some things on the internet but I don’t feel like I am doing anything.
This alarms and worries my family and I. I understand that our culture is naturally superstitious in a lot of ways, but I feel like there is so much ignorance that people just don’t see the blasphemy of it. I have thought about bringing it up to our parish priest so that he might address it - but surely he must see it too? I just don’t know what to do. My children are getting older and I worry about them seeing people who claim to be Catholic, who go to church and are otherwise very devout, also keeping little shrines to this ‘Saint’ in the homes/yards/etc…
Is ‘Santa’ Muerte in your area? How are you and your local parishs’ handling it? Thank you for your time.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, keep us always wrapped in your loving mantle. Pray for us! Lord Jesus, I trust in You - help my brothers and sisters in You to see the evil of ‘Saint’ Death and renounce ‘her’. Amen.