I beg of you, merciful God,
to allow me to drink from the stream
which flows from your fountain of life.
May I taste the sweet beauty of its waters,
which sprang from the very depths of your truth.
O Lord, you are that fountain
from which I desire with all my heart to drink.
Give me, O Lord Jesus, this water,
that it may quench the burning spiritual thirst within my soul,
and purify me from all sin.
I know, King of glory, that I am asking for a great gift.
But you give to your faithful people without counting the cost,
and you promise even greater things in the future.
Indeed, nothing is greater than yourself,
and you have given yourself to mankind on the cross.
Therefore, in praying for the waters of life,
I am praying that you, the source of those waters,
will give yourself to me.
You are my light, my salvation, my food, my drink, my God.
Columbanus, 543 – 615, Irish missionary, founded monasteries in France and Italy
Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.
Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water
welling up to eternal life.