I am publishing my final vows after spending a fair amount of time distilling Benedict’s wisdom for my own life. I was not given any particular direction when I was told I had to write vows, so these are the fruit of a lot of soul-searching and they are very personal. I submit them to you, dear readers, so that as my vocation continues to unfold, you may hold me to these vows that I will take upon myself in a public ceremony at the Basilica of the Ascension, on Saturday, July 25. These vows, handwritten, will be kept in the tabernacle at the Basilica, to be returned to my family upon my death, to be buried with me. Please pray for me and for those to whom God sends me.
“In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
I, Michel Paul Holland, desiring the blessing of good days in the hope of achieving a good life according to God’s design, willingly and with confidence in the power of grace, take upon myself this day, the three monastic vows of stabilitas, conversio morum and obedientia.
I promise to say a persistent “yes” to the promptings of Spirit, regardless of the challenges. I will honor the commitments I make, and I will stand ready to accomplish what is asked of me in the here and now. I will seek God both in the Silence and in the daily activities of my life.
I promise to be attentive and to look daily for ways to continue my conversion of heart. I will remember the abundance that God places in my life at every moment, even in times of trial. I will release and surrender unworthy things, that my efforts on behalf of God’s Reign might be credible and effective.
I promise to listen to all that is asked of me, with alertness and affection. I will strive to hear the hidden questions that lie behind the words of those with whom I interact, and to respond truly and from the heart, that in all things–my words and choices, faith and doubt, joy and pain, life and death–God may be glorified.
With gratitude, I pledge filial allegiance to the Virgin Mary, my mother, who has sheltered me in the darkest of times. Under the protection of her mantle, I rest secure.
Ut in omnibus glorificetur Deus,”