But one event at Mass, though uncomfortable, was really a sign of what faith can be.
There's a mentally unstable woman in San Agustín who occasionally comes to the church and will loudly pray, very loudly - even in the midst of Mass. During Mass, Padre German spoke directly to her and even hugged here, before the congregation. He asked her to be quiet during the rest of the Mass which she was.
She did get onto the stage during the events after Mass but was gently escorted off.
The lack of social services for the mentally disturbed doesn't prevent them from being loved and treated with a degree of respect.
|The “rings” on the rope across the road|
|Inspecting the rings|
|Some of the riders|
|Riding to catch a ring in the rain|
More photos of the San Agustín celebration can be found here.
More photos of the carrera de cintas can be found here.