My first experience with ritual and it’s meaning and importance was at a very young age. I used to watch my father every morning, he would kiss an image of La Virgen De Guadalupe before going to work.. The gold framed image was prominently displayed atop an elegant chest of drawers. The thing is, before kissing the image of Blessed Mary, he would apply a thick dose of chapstick to his lips. After 30 days the framed of image of Blessed Mary was covered with a thick and hardened layer of chapstick. So think that you couldn’t see her clearly. . So I would sneak into my parents room and carefully scrape off the chapstick, on the first day of every month.