119 – Patience – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Monday, October 15, was the feast day of St Teresa of Avila on many calendars.  The passage below, referred to as St Teresa’s bookmark, is one of the most quoted of St Teresa’s remarks,

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.

In some moments I think this is a polyannish remark from someone who did not see the world clearly.  In other moments I suspect it speaks of the faith of a person who saw through the passing things of the world to the truly permanent things.

What do you think today?


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