Searching for Mary: Reflections of an Episcopal Priest
The Rev. Dr. Anna Carmichael
Lord, send your dew upon this sterile earth,
and it will return to life.
At the feet of my mother, Mary,
I come back to life.
All you that suffer,
Come to her.
All you that work in this house of God,
Mary knows your labors and counts your steps.
At the feet of Mary, I come back to life.
You that dwell in this monastery,
let go of material things.
Your life and your salvation are at Mary’s feet.
I dwell in my mother’s heart,
there I find the One I love.
In the heart of Mary
I have found life.
Do not say I am an orphan.
I have Mary for my mother, my father is God.
The serpent, the dragon, wished to take my life;
But at the feet of Mary, I recovered my life.
She called me to this monastery, and here
will I forever remain.
At the feet of Mary, I came to life again.
--Mariam Baouardy “Lord, send your dew upon this sterile earth.” In Spiritual Writings on Mary, ed. Mary Ford-Grabowsky, Woodstock, Vermont: Skylight Paths Publishing, 2005.