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The Spanish conquest of the New World, including Mexico, commenced around the same time as the Reformation. About the same time Martin Luther was nailing his 95 Theses to a door in Wittenberg, Hernán Cortez was marching on Mexico City’s Tenochtitlan. European Roman Catholicism was about to undergo another sort of reformation in the New World, but not in a healthy direction, but in a pagan one, not declaring the gospel of grace through faith, but a radical confrontation of European religious structure with polytheistic paganism. Roman Catholicism that was superimposed upon the well-developed and populous cultures of the New World, and temples were constructed throughout Mexico, giving silent testimony to the conquerors power and religion.
Bernal de Castillo related that as the Spaniards advanced inland from the coast of Veracruz, they
1. The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico, by Bernal Díaz del Castillo
Quote of the Day: Refreshment. It will be very difficult to express the resiliency of grace if you are exhausted and not living a balanced life. In order to be gracious with others, we need to first be gracious to ourselves. One aspect of that is seeking healthy refreshment and maintaining a rhythmic life. When we are traveling for a short time, we often “sprint” the entire trip. As a result, we neglect the normal patterns that lead to wholeness.
Tim Dearborn. Short-Term Missions Workbook: From Mission Tourists to Global Citizens (p. 42).