Question Friday: What media makes you weep?

Question Friday: What media makes you weep? November 22, 2013

This weeks question:

Do you have a Book/Video Game/Movie/whatever that made you weep? Like literally start bawling from the sadness or the beauty of it?

I have a confession to make… I cry.  I have been known to weep at the sight of a sunset, or during the chorus of a song, and often while just sitting in prayer or at mass. I am a sucker for moments of beauty and grace. Yes, in fact crying is something I actually enjoy. So what makes me cry? I guess I will take each of the categories in turn. This list is by no means comprehensive.


  • The giving tree – I cried recently reading this book to my son.
  • Horton Hatches an Egg – also with my son.
  • The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe – also with my son.. spending time with him already pulls at my heartstrings, and I think reading things aloud really gets me since I have to embody the voice of the characters.
  • Désirée’s Baby, Beyond the Bayou, and Ma’ame Pélagie by Kate Chopin
  • Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Everything that rises must converge – Flannery O’Conner (the whole collection)
  • That Distant Land – Wendell Barry

Video Games – I don’t really play a lot of video games… the only one I really touch is Minecraft, but there was one game that I think made me teary eyed once:

  • Electroplankton – sometimes I was able to get some really beautiful music with this game


  • UP – the opening sequence gets me every time
  • Love it or hate it, I wept through the entire Passion of the Christ when I first saw it

Ok this wasn’t listed, but music moves me to tears more than really anything else. This is a very limited selection, there are at least another hundred songs that have driven me to tears.

  • The Gloria in the mass… gets me all the time
  • The chorus “You are my inheritance oh lord” in the Easter Vigil
  • the USA national anthem
  • Sufjan Stevens – Seven Swans
  • Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • The Alleluia in the mass (particularly during the Easter Vigil)
  • Brahm’s German Requium
  • Ave Maria by Schubert
  • Nessun Dorma from Turandot
  • “Ich habe genug” by Bach

So what media makes you Cry? Tell me in the comments below!

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