Love and Faith

What a Toro Can Teach Us

I absolutely love the movie Coco. It’s delightful, charming, and such a beautiful message. I love what it says about the importance of family and following your dreams. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend. After chatting about my love of the movie, a good friend recommended I watch The Book of Life. I did and y’all, loved it just as much. It’s a love story, a story of friendship, and standing for what you believe it.

Without giving away everything (because you should definitely watch it), Manolo comes from a long line of matadors, but his heart is with music (plus he refused to kill the bulls). As the story goes on, Manolo finds himself is a hard situation. In order to get back to his love before Dia de Muertos is over, he must first beat all the toros that his ancestors bested and killed (who have combined to make one massive bull). Here’s what happens:

(I also recommend listening to the Spanish version of the song. It’s beautiful)

Not only does he stand his ground against killing the bull, Manolo choses another route – one of asking for forgiveness. These lyrics get me everytime:

Toro, I am humbled, for tonight I understand.
Your royal blood was never meant to decorate this sand.
You have suffered great injustice, so have thousands before you.
I offer an apology, and one long overdue..
I am sorry, Toro, I am sorry, hear my song and know I sing the truth.
Although we were bred to fight, I reach for kindness in your heart tonight.
Oh and if you can forgive and if you can forgive, love can truly live…

This is by far one of my favorite scenes in the movie. It is such beautiful imagery of what forgiveness can do, both for the one asking and for the one receiving. Both the bull and Manolo get peace they have longed for.

Forgiveness is a powerful gift. Maybe there’s someone you need to ask forgiveness for, maybe you need to forgive someone, or maybe it’s yourself you need to forgive. Whatever the case may be, may you take the same steps as Manolo. I promise something beautiful will come from it.

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32