I can definitely relate......I am often brought to tears quite abit at mass.....this is my own personal opinion, but I feel it is the work of the Holy Spirit.....so I let the tears flow
I agree, I too believe the tears are a gift of the Holy Spirit.
This has happened to me also a few times. It can be unnerving - as it will happen so suddenly and unexpectedly. But, it is truly a great gift.
I hope you don't mind if I relate a story of something that happened to me during a Pilgrimage to Italy and Medjugorje in 2000.
It was a Jubilee year, so I went on this Pilgrimage with the intention of praying daily for specific relatives/family that had passed on.
When we went to St Peter's Bascilla at the Vatican. We all went one by one through the Holy Doors, first saying our Prayers for the Jubilee indulgence.
The very second I stepped into that door way, I emotionally fell completely apart. Tears began flowing and crying became 'bodily shaking' sobs.
I was stunned. I couldn't understand what was going on. I trailed along at the back of my group and never heard a word that our guide said about anything. I went through a whole packet of tissues that I had in my pocket book.
I later spoke to the Priest with our group and he told me that I had just received a great gift from the Holy Spirit, and that perhaps the Holy Spirit was letting me know that my prayers for that day's individual had released that person from Purgatory. (???)
This same reaction happened to me one other time during this Pilgrimage - when I visited St Michael's Cave in Italy.