A Good Friday meditation, How many Pietas, from Fr. Jim Hasse, SJ (follow the link for an image.):
How Many Pietas?
How many Pietas hang in my studio?
How many are lost, painted over, given away?
How many sold?
One, now in Jamaca
Why do I keep painting them?
I have to
My heart keeps suffering
Mothers keep embracing their dead children
Violence, war, executions, drugs, AIDs
Mothers die twice at least, sometimes more
I can only be present, weep, and paint.