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Will men understand the mysterious language of those tears?                                                              Pope Pius XII October 17, 1954

  
I went there

Basilica Santuario Madonna Delle Lacrime 

Siracusa, Sicily

Weeping Madonna

housed in the architecture of a tear

I took a photo there

ignorant of its meaning

until now

when asked to fill a space with poetry

and now

I want to know the meaning of those tears

Does she weep for His suffering

or for the plight of a humanity

trying to return to God?

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NaPoWriMo Day 4 prompt.  I took my own photo of the Basilica Santuario Madonna Delle Lacrime in October 2019, not knowing that it was home of the weeping Madonna.  

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Bartimaeus

Blind beggar Bartimaeus

could hear the crowd

coming along the road

near Jericho

& he asked who was there

crying out when he heard

it was Jesus of Nazareth

Jesus Son of David!

Have mercy on me!

& many told him to be quiet

which made him yell louder

Jesus! Son of David!

Have mercy on me!

Jesus stood still &

commanded that the man

be called to Him & said

What do you want me to do?

Rabboni!

that I may receive my sight!

& immediately

he received his sight &

followed Jesus on the road

Bartimaeus

Need for Prayer

Jesus walked down

from the mountain

& a crowd had gathered

waiting for his return—

here a man pleaded

for healing of his epileptic son

(the disciples who had stayed

could not heal him)

Jesus thought them all faithless

& called the demon out of the boy

who convulsed violently

& was finally rid of that spirit

 

 

The disciples questioned Jesus

why they had failed

& Jesus told them

that prayer and fasting was required

Need for Prayer