People unfamiliar with the Latin culture are curious, confused, and sometimes repulsed by the emphasis on suffering in religious figures: swords in hearts, bloodied backs, scraped knees and tortured expressions. During Easter in North America, the focus is on the resurrection and the delights of spring. The event is concerned with the awe of transformation. There is resistance to facing the suffering that is a major part of this epic….
I see the figures of Jesus or Mary with hearts exposed or pierced by a sword as reminders of the pain they endured. It is the job of these religious statues to remind us, to help us experience those feelings we try so hard to forget: for it is through these feelings that we can open to compassion.
Tears from the Crown of Thorns: The Easter Passion Play in San Miguel de Allende