Fidencio and the Remedy for Affliction
The poor are not poor and the rich are not rich,
only those that suffer pain are poor.
José Fidencio Síntora Constantino
Who knows what you would think today, Fidencio? Who knows how you would move around all the people that remember you, all those vulnerable people, all that affliction, all those hands, cuts and hearts that seek relief, all that hope that does away with the most painful situations?
See how it shines, Fidencia. It is like a luminous snake that wriggles its way slowly across the desert. It is a column that makes it way forward by throwing out sparks. Their tunics are what shine, Fidencio. The cloth plays tricks with your sight and turns into silk clothes: it is in your honor. What is that glow? It is the sweat on their foreheads, scapulars, the medals and crosses they take to bless your temple.
Listen to the approaching murmur, Fidencio. They are talking about you, they invoke you and ask you for healing, here on Earth. Listen, they’re singing:
You guide souls and fill them with pleasure.
Fidencito Constantino /chosen by the Lord,
to heal us/ in the field of pain.
Ana Luisa Anza
The complete text is available at www.cuartoscuro.com.mx
Pedro Valtierra’s most recent work involved visiting Espinazo, Nuevo León to document the rite concerning the Fidencio Child. This last study can be seen in Cuartoscuro93 journal. Valtierra has said that he is still looking for a good photograph in this project.