The Church commemorates St. Teresa of Avila, also called St. Teresa of Jesus. There is a lot written about this Spanish mystic in other areas of the internet so I won’t bother with history here. What has always drawn me to this historical religious figure is the unwavering devotion to God that she portrayed. She was a prolific writer and several of the poems, prayers and quotes attributed to her have been the basis of hymns that the church still sings today.
One of my favorite poems is the one that follows:
Let nothing trouble you,
let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing;
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who possesses God lacks nothing:
God alone suffices.
It sounds much more captivating in the original Spanish:
Nada te turbe;
nada te espante;
todo se pasa;
Dios no se muda,
la paciencia todo lo alcanza.
Quien a Dios tiene, nada le falta.
Solo Dios basta.
If you’ve ever heard it sung as a Taizé chant you will know what I mean.
Another quote I found when researching information for my Facebook post today was this one:
“Christ has no body now, but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth, but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which
Christ looks compassion into the world.
Yours are the feet
with which Christ walks to do good.
Yours are the hands
with which Christ blesses the world.”
If this isn’t a mission statement for all Christians then I don’t know what is. I will close with one more that I discovered and found compelling:
“We shall never learn to know ourselves except by endeavoring to know God; for, beholding His greatness, we realize our own littleness; His purity shows us our foulness; and by meditating upon His humility we find how very far we are from being humble.”
And the only way to bring this entry to an end is with a resounding, “Amen!”