Cemetery – Rome, Italy 2006
Penitential tears are like a second baptism. They wash away the stains on our soul, enlighten our mind, and cleanse our conscience.
For much as after a violent burst of rain, there is a clear open sky; so likewise when tears are pouring down, a calm arises, and serenity, and the darkness that ensues on our sins quite disappears. ~ St. John Chrysostom, late 3rd century