Copyright ©04/21/2005 Elizabeth Ellis
~ Inspired by the prayers of St. Teresa of Ávila ~
Christ has no body now on earth but mine,
No eyes except my own,
Through which He looks with compassion,
On this wretched, troubled world.
He has no hands but mine to use,
To bless a needy soul,
He has no feet but my own,
To walk in places others dare not go.
He has no other lips but mine,
To speak His words of hope,
He has no body but mine,
To do His holy work.
Oh, that I would surrender, all that I am to Him,
Oh, that I would be willing, to do what pleases Him;
To see with His eyes of compassion,
To work with His hands of grace,
To walk with His feet of endurance,
Until I complete the race,
He calls me to.
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Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, baptized as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada (28 March 1515 – 4 October 1582), was a Spanish Carmelite nun and author of the Counter Reformation as well as her autobiography, “The Life of Teresa of Jesus” and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. She was reformer of the Carmelite Order and is considered to be a founder of the Discalced Carmelites along with John of the Cross. She was canonized forty years after her death by Pope Gregory XV in 1622. Here is a prayer she wrote that moved my heart to write the poem, “Being Christ In The World”.A LOVE SONG by Saint Teresa of Avila
Majestic sovereign, timeless wisdom,
your kindness melts my hard, cold soul.
Handsome lover, selfless giver,
your beauty fills my dull, sad eyes.
I am yours, you made me.
I am yours, you called me.
I am yours, you saved me.
I am yours, you loved me.
I will never leave your presence.
Give me death, give me life.
Give me sickness, give me health.
Give me honor, give me shame.
Give me weakness, give me strength.
I will have whatever you give. Amen.