How Disney’s ‘Encanto’ inspired my Lent

In the Disney film Encanto, the Madrigal family’s story begins when Abuela and Abuelo flee civil war in their home country of Colombia. Abuelo sacrifices himself to save his wife and three infant children and out of this sacrifice comes a miracle: Symbolized by a lit candle adorned with butterflies, a magical house (the Casita) embraces the Madrigals and keeps them safe in an idyllic village.

With their safety secured, the miracle continues: Each Madrigal child is given…

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