Words of Comfort

The great Spanish Carmelite mystic, St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), met opposition reforming her Carmelite Order and pursuing meditation as a form of prayer. She endured ill-health and defamation of character, lived under the oppressive atmosphere of the Spanish Inquisition. Teresa was energetic, grounded, had a good sense of humour, and was very human.

A poem by Teresa found after her death;

"Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing upset you. Everything changes. God alone is unchanging. With patience all things are possible. Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone is enough."

Kieran Fitzsimons, OFM

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