Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cesar Chavez, the Prophet of the Poor

I devoted considerable time in meditation and prayer asking Jesus Christ, Cesar Chavez, Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to come into my heart and soul. I asked that they provide me with what they wish for me to share with the world about Cesar Chavez, this famous farm worker, labor leader, and one of the most famous civil rights spiritual activists in our times.

The presence of Cesar Chavez continues to be with us. Hundreds of our people unite to celebrate his life, because he is very much alive. In fact, he is more alive today than he was when he took that journey with Jesus Christ, Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cesar Chavez died on April 23, 1993, and he has been in a very profound resurrection ever since then, only miles away from his birth place in San Luis, Arizona. It is said that over 50,000 people attended his funeral mass in the small town of Delano, California. Many, such as Cardinal Roger M. Mahoney, have declared him as the "21st Century Prophet of the Poor.”

History also has it recorded that on August 8, 1994, his widow, Helen Chavez, accepted and received the Medal of Freedom conferred posthumously by President Bill Clinton.

On December 6, 2006, Cesar Chavez was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. We commemorate his life of dedication, spirituality, and his love for the freedom of humanity.

Chavez marched and led strikes against rich farm workers that refused to pay fair wages. He advocated human rights in providing a voice against discrimination and oppression.

He had the love and the power of Jesus Christ in his heart. He shared this one time as we spoke, because he knew in his heart that I also sought freedom, justice, and love for all humanity. We could see in each other’s eyes the respect and the love that we had in each other's hearts, because Jesus Christ was with us.

I know that Cesar Chavez is with me tonight and every night, giving me strength, faith, courage, dignity, pride and most importantly, sharing the love of Jesus Christ, whose resurrection is celebrated today.  

Cesar knows that I have survived and will continue to survive, because he states that both he and our most beloved brother, Jesus Christ, are with me and all of our brothers and sisters who suffer in this hard, oppressive world. They will struggle with us until we are all free!

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