Let Nothing Disturb You – Teresa of Avila

Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things pass. God never changes. Patience achieves everything. Whoever has God lacks nothing. To have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that. You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him. It is foolish to think we will enter Heaven without entering into ourselves. The closer one becomes to God, the simpler one becomes. To reach something good, it is useful to have gone astray thus acquiring experience. Be gentle to all and stern with yourself. May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us. – Sayings of St. Teresa of Avila

No lazy mind comes to poetry. 
For poetry goes where we are reluctant to travel. 
Travel we must.  

A book of Donna’s poems.

A Dream – St. Teresa of Avila

Some years ago, it was mentioned to me that I may like to read St. Teresa of Avila’s autobiographical book, The Book of My Life. I ordered the book and forgot about it. I knew almost nothing about St. Teresa, at that time, not even that she was a Carmelite nun. St. Teresa is an esteemed Catholic mystic and contemplative of the 16th century. Just before I received the book, I had the following dream:

After a certain sequence of events, I went to live in an enclosed Carmelite Order. I saw no one for fifteen years except the other nuns. I was cared for simply and spent all my time in prayer. (Later on, I realised that this was in line with St. Teresa’s preference for monastic life.) It was extremely enjoyable and I became less and less mortal and more and more ethereal. It was a complete and utter pleasure. The feeling in the monastery was exquisitely beautiful. Continue reading “A Dream – St. Teresa of Avila”