If I had not walked through Chapel,
if I had not stopped to meet the gentle guitarist *
setting up his practice session,
if I had not asked his permission
to sit awhile and listen
I would not have been undone
by the haunting melody full of yearning,
touched by the aching timeless beauty.
I would not have known the Spanish title means Tears.
I would not have been moved by memory
of one hundred years of tears and yearning for God,
music and prayer filling this sacred space like incense,
if I had not walked through the Chapel
that Saturday afternoon.
*Lágrima (Tear) ~ Composition by Francisco Tárrega
*Mark Mitchell, husband of Sister Theresa Lodermeier’s niece
Kathryn Casper, OSB