1. OUR LIVING HERITAGE/NUESTRO PASADO PRESENTE

From Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul

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OUR LIVING
HERITAGE/NUESTRO
PASADO PRESENTE

To be a Latina is to know the depth, power and beauty of my cultura (culture). It is to celebrate my antepasados (ancestors), and at the same time, to live in the present. To be Latina is to be centered, grounded, empowered and blessed. To be Latina is to understand the divine in me, the eternal in me and the unique soul-rooted essence of me. To be Latina is to say, “Sí se puede” (Yes, we can), and Y por qué no?” (Why not?). To be Latina is to acknowledge grace and to move forward with commitment. To be Latina . . . to be Latina . . . to be Latina . . .to be Latina is my joy, my most precious gift.

Denise Chávez

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