Let Nothing Disturb Thee: from Teresa of Avila’s Breviary

My favorite theologians (related to Hobbes) helped me internalize this poem today:

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From Teresa of Avila’s Breviary

Let nothing disturb thee,
Nothing affright thee
All things are passing;
God never changeth;
Patient endurance
Attaineth to all things;
Who God possesseth
In nothing is wanting;
Alone God sufficeth.

—H. W. Longfellow (translator).

From: Hispanic Anthology: Poems Translated from the Spanish by English and North American Poets. Collected and arranged by Thomas Walsh. G. P. Putnam’s Sons. New York, 1920.

Thanks to my listening to Pray-as-you-Go, I heard this recording of the prayer by the Taize community. May it encourage you, as it has me.

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