Baggot St Suite: The Rill

On Waking At Baggot St

(To The Sound of the Rill*)


Open your eyes to the new day’s light

open your heart to the grace that flows to you

in a stream of life,

a stream from love’s very source.

Mercy-water is a pure spring,

to wash, to bless, to drink,

a water that is life,

a water that heals and refreshes.

In the drought time

the thirst time

 the empty cup time,

the absolutely there is nothing left to give time

when the throat is dry

and no rain shows

(not an Irish thought, this!)

remember the distant

gently coursing

universal water that



Let your spirit drink.


In the desert of urban concrete

is heard a tiny watercourse,

in the wilderness of forsakengod age

a spring of godlife flows.



*A feature of the back garden of Mercy International Centre, the Rill was  significant at the opening in 1994, when representatives from all over the world carried water to it in specially made vessels, symbolising each nation in which Sisters of Mercy live and work.


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