Quotation

He who learns must suffer, and, even in our sleep, pain that we cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God. - Aeschylus

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Heart of Our Lady

Editor's/Translator's Note:  I composed this poem in both Spanish and English at various points.  Sometimes I was inspired in Spanish and at other times in English.  I took some liberties with both the Spanish and English grammar for poetic reasons, to more effectively convey the image I wished to present to the reader.

"El Corazón de Nuestra Señora"

En la Concepción de Nuestro Señor
fue el corazón de Nuestra Señora
que se llenó de alegría mientras
su útero se llenó del Hijo de Dios.

En la Epifanía de Nuestro Señor
fue el corazón de Nuestra Señora
que se ponderaron todos estos eventos
y descubrieron que son tesoros.

En la ciudad de Nuestro Señor
fue el corazón de Nuestra Señora
que resultó herido por
la permitiendo su Hijo salir.

A la muerte de Nuestro Señor
fue el corazón de Nuestra Señora
se rompió cuando el Cuerpo del Hijo
fue molido por nuestros pecados.

En la tumba vacía de Nuestro Señor
fue el corazón de Nuestra Señora
que se llenó de alegría cuando
supo que su hijo había resucitado.



"The Heart of Our Lady"

At the Conception of Our Lord
it was the heart of Our Lady
that filled with joy while
her womb filled with the Son.

At the Epiphany of Our Lord
it was in the heart of Our Lady
that all these events were pondered
and discovered to be treasures.

In the citadel of Our Lord
it was the heart of Our Lady
that was wounded by
allowing her Son to leave.

At the death of Our Lord,
it was the heart of Our Lady
that broke when the Lord's
body was crushed for our sins.

At the empty tomb of Our Lord
it was the heart of Our Lady
that filled with quiet joy when
she knew her son was risen.





The above is a picture I took of an icon I had custom-made.  Teshin Iconographics did great work.  I translated the original Portuguese inscription "Nossa Senhora da Luz" into English, along with the Bible passage on the scroll.  This particular icon is of Our Lady of Light of Mozambique.  She is holding the Christ-child, in whose hands there is a scroll with the verse from Matthew: "Let the children come unto me."