St. Teresa of Avila’s bookmark

While I am not a practicing Catholic, I feel a certain affinity for Teresa of Avila.  In my Celtic Daily Prayer book today, it notes that this is the day she is recognized and celebrated.  This morning, I’ve been meditating on this prayer penned by her.

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing;
God only is changeless.
Patience gains all things.
Who has God wants nothing.
God alone suffices.

St. Teresa of Avila, the celebrated Carmelite nun, mystic and Doctor of the Church wrote this prayer in the 16th century. It’s called St. Teresa’s Bookmark because, according to tradition this great saint carried it around in her prayer book, where it was found after her death in 1582.

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