Today is the feast day of another of the great saints of October in the Roman calendar, St Teresa of Avila. Many saints wrote dry theological treatises, but others wrote things, that while theologically rich, are full of life and personality. St Teresa is like that: her writings are deeply mystical, but the woman who shines through is also earthy and very witty. A doctor of the Church, St Teresa is one of the brightest lights shining from Carmel. Here is one of her prayers:
“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.”
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.