Nada te turbe;
nada te espante;
todo se pasa;
Dios no se muda,
todo lo alcanza.
Quien a Dios tiene,
nada le falta.
Solo Dios basta.
May nothing disturb you.
May nothing astonish you.
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
A fun look at Bernini’s awesome work here