JUBILEE 2000: THE PIETA' / by Joseph Castorino

As I look up at the statue, I see Santa Maria,

as white as virgin milk, holding her Jesus;

She is the elegant embodiment of humble

Obedience and selfless compassion.

The Savior lay in the stately surrender of

Sacrificial love, in His mother’s majestic arms;

He is crushed, the weight of the world’s

Woes heavy upon His wounded body.

On the surrounding walls, the magnificent

Marble is a multicolored whirlwind;

The Holy Spirit beautifully swirls and

Soars through it in grace-ful agape.