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Poems – Sr Katy van Wyk: 1. The Call


Poems of:
Sr Claudette Bogner
Sr Katy van Wyk
Come Nearer

Do not be afraid, I have called you by name
I have called you into My presence,
this day… this moment.
Come nearer, take off your shoes
strip yourself of everything that you’ve put on
for this time, this moment, is holy.

Here in my Divine Presence I will clothe you with all you need
I will wrap My garment of compassion around you
I will put justice and kindness on your feet
So you’ll walk gently beside my creatures, great and small.

I will anoint your head with my fragrant oil
And gently whisper in your ears “be open”

I have called you by name, come nearer so I can put this
blazing coal deep within your heart that you may burn with love for me and
all that I’ve created

Come nearer,
I’m not only in this flame
I’m not only on the mountain tops
I’m not only in the oceans and rivers or on treetops

I am everywhere…
Within you, around you and everywhere!
And where ever I am, that place is holy
So, come nearer, take off your shoes and just be!


God’s call

You called O God
And I said: “here I am, send me”
Then You said:
“Go into yourself and discover your beauty
Go out into the world and discover the beauty of My creation
Go out and see the pain and the hopelessness
And bring healing and hope to My people

Go and teach My little ones, learn from them and become like them
Go celebrate and dance with those of different creed, colour and culture
For I, the Creator and Dancer of this great Life,
Am dancing in and among you”

I went, knowing that I’m not alone
Trusting that I’ll have what I need for the journey

Now God, at the cross road, you called yet again
I stopped right in my tracks,
not sure if it’s really You
not sure if I can once more say:
“here I am, send me”

Why does it now seem so difficult to move into the unknown?
Why do I feel so afraid, so overwhelmed, and so alone?

Reassure me of Your presence
Let me trust once more that I’ll have what I need for the journey
Give me openness to remain in this transitional space
Give me faith and courage to step into the unknown

Give me joy to leap into the dance of life
Give me compassion to hold myself,
Your people and all Your creatures, with reverence and awe

And may the words of Your prophet from of old
burn deeply in my heart as you call me
“To act justly
To love tenderly
And to walk humbly”
With You, God of timeless-ness


Who rolled the stone away?

Quiet lay upon the earth as the morning mist gently
surrounded her, coming towards the tomb,
fragrant oils held close to her heart

Alas! An empty tomb greeted her
the rock rolled away but no one in sight
grief-stricken and overcome by fear… she wondered…
who could have rolled the stone away?

But silence was all she heard and the stone was all she saw
then the stone spoke:
“While I was guarding the tomb
darkness and silence were my only companions
except of course for the
Body that was lying there, wrapped in white cloths –

A few days later, I heard something… felt something
The earth shook and my whole being trembled as
God breathed into the tomb
The earth shook and my whole being trembled as
God breathed into the tomb…

Then – off came the tightly-wound cloths and there
He stood – in radiant splendour!
Another tremor … as Mother Earth opened up her womb
And brought forth those held inside her
Then the angels and everyone, gathered around Him
Singing their Alleluia, clapping and dancing for joy –

For you see, it was God who rolled the stone away
With just a Breath – and there, right past me
In radiant glory, walked the Son

As the golden sun shot laser beams across the earth
melting away the mist and bringing all creation to life
the woman’s eyes were opened –
she heard her name being called – and still with disbelief
she looked again
And heard that she was to go and proclaim the good news

And with a spring in her step and joy in her heart
Mary of Magdala went…



What is the song you carry in your soul?
Would you dare to sing…
dare to give voice to it?

What is the song you hear in your soul?
Would you dare to enter the silence…
step into your depth and listen?

Do you dare to sing what you hear?
Do you dare to dance what you feel…
and dare say what you see?

Come, let’s walk into the stillness
Put your ear to My ear and tell Me what you hear

Can you hear the song I sang into you eons ago?
Will you sing it back to me?

Come walk with Me into the great hall
Feel the rhythm, hear the sound and
Sing Me the song I sang to you so long ago

Come, take My hand and dare to dance
Come, take the risk
Come, dare to be you

Dare to be My song
Dare to be My dance and
Dare, just dare to be who you are…

A spark of Me,
known, called, loved and blessed



I believe in the beauty and giftedness
of being a woman
A woman loved
and called into being by God
I also believe
that with and among other women,
We are called to respond creatively and
compassionately to the cry of the world

I believe that the presence
of God’s living Spirit
integrates and transforms me
as I remain open and faithful
to the journey inwards,
downwards and outwards

I believe
that the journey inwards and downwards
also reminds me
of my need to refresh myself constantly
At God’s fountain of love

I believe that melodies arise within us
as we move
in and through each day, and that
the song must be sung in order to be heard

I believe that springs of life are gurgling,
bubbling up, spouting forth and
flowing into the dry crevasses of our lives,
communities, societies and Church,
preparing and soaking the soil
of our hearts for
God’s life-giving and greening seeds

I believe in the on-going search for Truth,
the truth of who I am,
who I am called to be in this time,
this reality and in this society
I believe that the very Truth
is constantly evolving through
my conscious participation in the unfolding process of life

I believe in the ever-new Cosmic Story,
in the interconnectedness of all that is,
and in the
Cosmic Christ who draws us all into
communion with Him

I believe that the three fundamental principles of diversity,
communion, and interiority are integral
to the life of the cosmic community

I believe I am called and claimed by God
for Religious life as an alternate life-form
I believe that I am called
to live each day to the full,
embracing and sharing the gifts it holds,
living through the challenges and seeing
them as opportunities for growth

I also believe that the passing of each day
brings me ever more deeply into the
mystery of love and truth as
I step towards the more mature years

And I believe
that living each day in the present,
prepares me for my death, the full entrance
into the eternal sea of God’s wonderful light
and all-embracing love

* Inspired by the Springs of Life, inspiration document of King Dominican Sisters