As many roses as people... pilgrims crying, pilgrims cheering... everyone singing along -- and everyone, everyone, saying "¡Gracias, Mamita!" "¡Gracias, Madre Santa!": "Thanks, Mommy!" "Thank you, Holy Mother!"
Passion being a universal language, you can tell they mean it... and you know that they know she's there... and you realize that Immaculate Conception will never, ever, be as exciting. Or beautiful. Or radiant.
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