Gustavo Arellano is a columnist with the Los Angeles Times and a longtime reader of NCR. Nov 09, 2023Saints and sinners of LA linked to Mexican diasporaAn LA felon has no business wrapping himself in Mexican Catholic iconography in desperate, public attempts for sympathy, writes NCR contributor Gustavo Arellano. Oct 07, 2023Grandma leaves behind laughter, love and faithFuneral traditions for Grandma highlight the faith that brought her community and friends and remind her descendants that life is never about you, but the people you love. Jun 21, 2023Chicago's downtrodden, magnificent Our Lady of the Underpass still inspiresThe Salt Stain Mary on a concrete underpass is in bad shape, but Gustavo Arellano's pilgrimage to Chicago reminds him that devotion to Our Lady cannot be erased. May 18, 2023In the dark world of 'Perry Mason,' Santo Niño de Atocha offers hope for L.A.A recent mention on the HBO series "Perry Mason" is just the latest of Hollywood guest appearances by Santo Niño de Atocha, an image of the infant Jesus revered by Mexicans and Mexican Americans. Mar 31, 2023What Lenten leftovers from mis tías taught me about death and resurrectionEnchiladas, huachales and capirotada from his aunts are more than just nice meals for Gustavo Arellano. They remind him of his late mother and that it's never too late to change our ways. Feb 01, 2023Instagram allows Donald Trump — but not Our Lady of Guadalupe. What's wrong with this picture?A photo of a homemade shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe landed Gustavo Arellano in Instagram jail, yet its parent company is allowing Donald Trump back.