Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
October 15, 2020
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, on this feast of the great St. Teresa of Avila, we pray with Psalm 98.
Our psalm is the exultant song of a joyful and triumphant people – a people grateful and blessed by the Lord’s Presence among them.
Sing to the LORD a new song,Psalm 98:1-2
Who has done wondrous deeds;
Whose right hand has won for us
the victory of peace.
We have all experienced these types of moments when we feel “delivered”.
- We might have been praying for someone’s health, or our own.
- We might have been caught in a difficult decision.
- We might have been waiting for an acceptance letter or call.
- We might have been hoping our apology would be accepted, or that one would be given.
- We might have been aching for an inspiration, a thread of hope, or a new understanding.
And then —- Light!
We know what it feels like when the Light comes. But often, it is not the light we had expected. True “deliverance” comes not from shedding a worrisome circumstance. Instead, it comes from being incorporated into an unshakable faith and trust, as St. Teresa of Ávila describes it:
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.
Poem: Nada Te Turbe – Teresa of Ávila
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing:
God alone is changeless.
obtains all things.
Whoever has God
God alone suffices.
Nada te turbe,
Nada te espante.
Todo se pasa.
Dios no se muda.
Todo lo alcanza.
Quien a Dios tiene,
Nada le falta.
Solo Dios basta.
Music: Voice in My Heart – Iris Koh
A beautiful reflection in Spanish from the Discalced Carmelite Sisters