Sr. Mary Gertrude professed her simple vows on October 20th, 2019. Here she reflects on monastic profession.
Sr Mary Gertrude Webster, OSB
MADE SIMPLE VOWS
October 20th, 2019
I have been asked to write
on the occasion of my Simple Profession.
But what words suffice
to explain how I have launched
or should I say been launched
further into a life of mystery.
Been and am being launched is more precise,
for all I see in me,
is weakness, foolishness and need.
But I have been and am being called.
So in faith, not in myself, but in him.
I go forward into darkness and confusion not to something known but to the mystery.
and so I fumble along searching for words
To describe the way and the vows I have made.
nothing suffices in the face of mystery.
Yet the mystery calls me and urges me on.
In blindness, obeisance and awe
I fumble and trip, lose my grip.
The words get jumbled and mixed
Let us settle on just these three
pray that they be lived with love through God’s grace by me.