MYSTIC MONDAY: Gertrude the Great

One day not long after Easter,
I went to the garden before prime
and sat down beside the pond.
I began thinking what a pleasant place it was.
The clear water and streams, the fresh,
spring green of the trees,
the birds flying here and there so happily,
especially the doves, were all lovely to consider.
Most of all, I loved the quiet, hidden tranquility of this secluded place.

I asked myself what else I needed
to complete my joy there in such an excellent spot,
and I realized I needed a friend.
I needed someone intimate, sweet, wise, and fun to share my solitude.
Then you, God, led me in meditation back to Yourself,
the Source of unimaginable joy.
You showed me that if by always praising You,
I poured back like water the streams of grace I’d received from You;
and if, like a tree, I covered myself in the leaves and blooms of good works;
and if, like the doves, I spurned earth and soured towards You,
then my heart could accommodate You, and
every joy would be mine, with nothing lacking.
Throughout the day I thought on these images.

— Gertrude the Great, The Herald of Divine Love

A Little Daily Wisdom: Christian Women Mystics
Carmen Acevedo Butcher (Author)

[This photo is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Itwas taken by Bettycrocker]


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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3 Responses to MYSTIC MONDAY: Gertrude the Great

  1. Denise says:

    Simply beautiful, and as always, right on time.

  2. Anne Comeaux says:

    When I am called to service of another, I always feel God’s presence. The “pouring out” of one’s self fills the space with God’s communion.

  3. Kelly Rose says:

    Anne, What a beautiful thought! I like it.

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