Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Poetry Wednesday--St. Teresa of Avila

St. Teresa of Avila understood that the Kingdom of God was not something to wait for passively, but something to be brought about by people's cooperation with God.  She expresses this beautifully in her poem,

Christ Has No Body

Christ has no body now on earth
but yours, 
no hands but yours, 
no feet, but yours, 

Yours are the eyes through which
is to look out 
compassion to the world; 

Yours is the feet with which He is to go about
doing good; 

Yours are the hands with which He is to bless men


Barbara Schoeneberger said...

St. Teresa of Avila is one of my favorite saints.

Staying in Balance said...

She's wonderful, isn't she?

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"Slavery ended in medieval Europe only because the church extended its sacraments to all slaves and then managed to impose a ban on the enslavement of Christians (and of Jews). Within the context of medieval Europe, that prohibition was effectively a rule of universal abolition. "— Rodney Stark

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