Enough mystery for one day…

Nada te turbe;
nada te espante;
todo se pasa;
Dios no se muda,
la pacïencia
todo lo alcanza.
Quien a Dios tiene,
nada le falta.
Solo Dios basta.
May nothing disturb you.
May nothing astonish you.
Everything passes.
God does not go away.
Patience can attain anything.
He who has God within,
does not lack anything.
God is everything!
— Teresa of Avila

From Morning Prayer:

No one has ever seen God.
Yet, if we love one another
God dwells in us,
and his love is brought to perfection in us.
The way we know we remain in him
and he in us
is that he has given us his Spirit.
We have seen for ourselves, and can testify,
that the Father has sent the Son as savior of the
When anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of
God dwells in him
and he in God.

— 1 John 4:12-15

Chew on God dwelling in YOU. And YOU dwelling in God.

We none of us are always the person we want to be or try to be. But we keep plugging away. Because we want to dwell in God, and have God dwell in us.

Heh. That should keep you busy for a while! I’m off to work on my project!

Sorry still no podcasts; I’m working on it. You can get audio Liturgy of the Hours here

UPDATE: It’s the writer’s “curse.” We know we have to go write on a deadline, so we do anything but!

Here is another video of that song, the trailer to a film, apparently. I’ll give a content warning, even though I believe my readers are smart enough to get the analogy and not go running off screaming into the night at the sight of a naked woman with the Crucified Lord. Teresa felt “ravished” by Christ, after all.

Beside me on the left appeared an angel in bodily form . He was not tall but short, and very beautiful; and his face was so aflame that he appeared to be one of the highest ranks of angels, who seem to be all on fire . . . In his hands I saw a great golden spear, and at the iron tip there appeared to be a point of fire. This he plunged into my heart several times so that it penetrated my entrails. When he pulled it out I felt that he took them with it, and left me utterly consumed by the great love of God. The pain was so severe that it made me utter several moans. The sweetness caused by this intense pain is so extreme that one can not possibly wish it to cease, nor is one’s soul content with anything but God. This is not a physical but a spiritual pain, though the body has some share in it — even a considerable share…I felt such infinite sweetness that I wished the pain to last forever…It was not physical but psychic pain, although it affected the body as well to some degree. It was the sweetest caressing of the soul by God. — Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle

Ravishment happens

A fun look at Bernini’s awesome work here

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  • newton

    Thank you for bringing Santa Teresa de Avila back to my attention. We read her and San Juan de la Cruz as the important mystical poets of Spanish literature. I like the simplicity yet power of her verses: this is a good example of it.

  • Acer Palmatum

    I always assumed vows of chasity were a sacrifice, but apparently not.

  • http://sisu.typepad.com Sissy Willis

    I blogged about Bernini’s “Ecstasy of St. Teresa” myself the other day, from quite a different point of view:

    “Much like a wild rose”

    The Lord moves in mysterious ways.

  • Aunty Franny

    Teresa trailer: tragic.

    I completely “get” the ecstasis. I love the incarnate essence of our faith. I am definitely not a repressed person and understand, love and appreciate the nuptual meaning of the body and our eventual blissful union with Jesus, as far as my mind can take these truths in. So please keep my love of the marital element of our faith in mind as I stand by my sorrow of heart and disappointment over this trailer.

    How sad that someone saw fit to make a sacred moment so voyeuristic. Christ can obviously ravish any of his beautiful brides, but it cheapens it to drag it down to this level. Teresa put it as honestly as she saw fit, but in my opinion, retained her delicacy. Why could it not have been left there instead of cheapened like this? This is too Harlequin Romance for me. Teresa of Avila used to read trashy novels like that and painfully lamented her wasted time in such books. What irony that she would be portrayed so gratuitously. Her of all repentant women. A canonized saint.

    Trailer: trash.

    Yes, yes. The film making looks absolutely lovely, etc. Even if Christ had chosen a human bride on earth, I still would not want to see a movie about it. His bridal chamber should remain intacta. I’ll wait until heaven for my personal perfect union with Christ, thank you very much. While I look forward to that, I will content myself with knowing that my frequent communions will have to suffice until that shattering moment of the beatific vision and ultimate consummation.

    I’m with St. Gianna who said she would rather never see a movie than offend almighty God. This is offensive.

    Not casting stones at you for posting this, Anchoress. Merely leaving my comments.

    Run screaming in the night. No. But I did want to express my impressions, which I felt deeply and ask: why must everything be depicted? Is nothing sacred anymore?

    I’d rather the Holy Spirit gave me a lectio divina type of experience of Teresa’s generous writings than to see someone else’s eroticized concept.


  • GM Roper

    What a fascinating look at the sculptures of Bernini. His ability to capture that look of ecstasy is awesome in itself.