On Monday of this week the Church remembered St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), Spanish mystic and founder of the religious community known as Discalced Carmelites (discalced meaning going barefoot or shod only in sandals). She persevered in prayer, enjoyed many mystical experiences and her spiritual writings are still influential today. I have reproduced two of them below, favourites of mine:
Christ has no body now on earth but yours;
no hands but yours; no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on 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 His people.
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things pass away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who has God
Finds he lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.
With every blessing