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November 2015

Nada Te Turbe

by Sharon Holland, IHM -- LCWR Past President

Recently we celebrated of the 500th anniversary of St. Teresa of Avila’s birth. We prayed the famous “bookmark” taken from the margin of the breviary she was using at the time of her death in 1582:

 Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you.
All things pass away.
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
They who have God lack nothing.
God alone is enough

Are these the pious thoughts of a comfortable 16th-century Spanish nun? Not likely! These are the words of a mature woman of prayer and contemplation; an intrepid reformer of religious life; a friend of Jesus, who sometimes wondered about how he treated his friends; one of the first women recognized as a doctor of the Church (1970). As a woman who faced many obstacles, from her sisters, the brothers, confessors, and bishops, Teresa’s words may have served her as a mantra to maintain courage and trust. She was a woman who knew patient endurance and also how to dance. READ MORE BY DOWNLOADING A PDF COPY OF THE NEWSLETTER BELOW.

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