Guest artists: William Hart McNichols and Mirabai Starr

by William Hart McNichols

Mother of God, Life-Giving Spring

by Mirabai Starr

Bright Madonna,
my soul thirsts for the living waters.
Illness and pain have brought me to my knees.
I come to you broken, and broken open.
Pour your grace into this shattered vessel
and help restore me to wholeness.
Blessed Mother,
you are the life-giving fountain
that endlessly springs from the heart of the Holy One.
We who are sick in body and soul
make our way through the darkness
to the place where you rise, radiant, from the earth,
infusing our weary spirits with the waters of life,
and we are healed.
Now, please help us to find these sacred streams
within ourselves,
so that we may be a source of healing for others.

William Hart McNichols, a priest and icon painter, has been described by Time as being “among the most famous creators of Christian iconic images in the world.” Father Bill’s work has been featured in several books, including You Will Be My Witnesses, The Bride, Christ, All Merciful and Mary, Mother of All Nations. Mirabai Starr speaks and leads retreats on the connections between teachings of the mystics, contemplative practice and social action. She is the author of acclaimed translations of the Spanish mystics St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila, an adjunct professor of philosophy and world religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the SAGE Institute for Environment, Creativity & Consciousness. McNichols and Starr’s collaborative book Mother of God, Similar to Fire was published in September 2010 by Orbis Books.

Icon © William Hart McNichols; for permission to reproduce, contact Pamela Scalora at Prayer-poem © Mirabai Starr; for permission to reprint, contact her at

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One Response to Guest artists: William Hart McNichols and Mirabai Starr

  1. Lovely weaving of words and image, Father Bill and Mirabai ~ Yes, may we be those open vessels for the flowing waters ~ ~ ~ ~

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