Thursday, October 16, 2008

Poems of St. Teresa of Avila

God alone is enough

Let nothing upset you,
let nothing startle you.
All things pass;
God does not change.
Patience winsall it seeks.
Whoever has Godlacks nothing:
God alone is enough.

Christ Has No Body
Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which is to look out
Christ's compassion to the world;
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about
doing good;
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.

Let nothing trouble you

Let nothing trouble you.
Let nothing scare you.
All is fleeting.
God alone is unchanging.
Everything obtains.
Who possesses God
Nothing wants.
God alone suffices.

(c) From The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Vol. III
translated by Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriquez.

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