Outer Turmoil/Inner Peace

Teresa of Ávila was born Teresa Ali Fatim Corella Sanchez de Capeda y Ahumada in Ávila, Spain. Less than twenty years before Teresa was born in Teresa31515, Columbus opened up the Western Hemisphere to European colonization. Two years after she was born, Luther started the Protestant Reformation. Out of all of this change came Teresa pointing the way from outer turmoil to inner peace.

As we suffer through mass murders, church shootings and threats of nuclear conflict we shout very loudly for inner peace. Teresa has some ideas about peace that I share with you today.


      • Let nothing perturb you, nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything.”
      • 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.
      • The closer one approaches God, the simpler one becomes.
        Reflect upon the providence and wisdom of God in all created things and praise Him for them all.
      • Truth suffers but never dies.
      • In this distress, — for then I had never had a single vision, — these Thy words alone were enough to remove it, and give meTeresa-Quote perfect peace: ‘Be not afraid, my daughter: it is I, and I will not abandon thee. Fear not.
      • To have courage for whatever comes in life — everything lies in that.
      • The tree that is beside the running water is fresher and gives more fruit.
      • We need no wings to go in search of Him but have only to look upon Him present within us.
      • The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too.
      • Pain is never permanent.
      • 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.

 

I hope that these words of Teresa can help bring peace to your life today.


Prayer

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.

Teresa of Avila

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