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Fresno and St. Teresa

Thanks to the many of you who came to the talk yesterday and book signing afterwards in the Diocese of Fresno. We really had a packed house! I appreciated your enthusiasm and your willingness to volunteer for my demonstrations.
 
Yesterday was also the feast day of St. Teresa of Avila, doctor of the Church and author of one of my favorite prayers:
 
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
 
Here is another passage I love from St. Teresa:
 
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things pass away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who has God
Finds he lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.
 
That poem was found on a scrap of paper inside her prayer journal after she died. For this reason, it is sometimes called "St. Teresa's bookmark."
 
May we all grow to have the longing for God that St. Teresa had, and the trust in His presence and care. May God bless you this week and always.

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