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In memory of Br. Dermot Barrett
Dermot, your journey’s done,
But the way without you darkens.
Your wisdom reflected his,
Mirroring his dazzling light.
You spoke, and truth rejoiced.
You challenged, and led the faint-hearted.
His two-edged sword was yours
Spurring us to give and to forgive,
And to share our dawns with his.
Your voice is life within us, throbbing
To awaken his seed in our iced hearts,
Believing always in us
Even when we did not believe.
We watched your Calvary,
Grieving and celebrating with Mary
As you let go sight and sound,
Hands and feet and at last heart
To make room for that one
Who knocked at your door
Many miles and many years ago,
And when other inns were unwilling
Found you waiting, watching, welcoming.
Dermot, we grieve, we rejoice,
But we are calmed to know that you
More saint than scholar but deeply both
Talk to Edmund of us,
And together inspire us still
To love and to dare as you two did
To pray and to surrender as you two did
So that Jesus live in our hearts too
And for ever.
Brendan January 15 2017