all holy, all merciful Mother,
bring us healing of mind, heart, and body.
gentle light always in my darkness,
whispering voice of the promise of Eternal Love
awakening me from the stupor
of my all-absorbing, aching wounds.
Thank you for staying with me
in quiet constancy,
tending always the embers of hope.
Thank you for bearing with
and being with all this pain,
for holding in your heart
all of the wailing and the cries.
Like a vessel you gather together
the torrential rains of tears.
You bathe me with them
and their waters make me whole.