May nothing disturb you: Nada Te Turbe

Today is the feastday of Teresa of Avila, another formidable nun, this time from the 16th Century. She lived in an age of great social change, somewhat like today, and was a strong leader, founding monasteries at a time when most preferred women to be relegated to the kitchen and the home. She was intensely practical and deeply human. However she combined her achievements with a very profound interior life. She reminds us not to neglect the dimension of the soul in this age with our focus on progress and speed.

Despite suffering ill health she had a great trust that a Higher Power was guiding her life and her work. Even if she could not see where things were leading she trusted. These handwritten words were found after her death. May they support all who struggle this evening. The musical version comes from the monastery at Taize, not too far away from here in Bourgogne.

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
Everything passes.

God does not go away.
can attain anything.
He who has God within,
does not lack anything.

Nada te turbe, nada te espante; quien a Dios tiene nada le falta.

2 thoughts on “May nothing disturb you: Nada Te Turbe

  1. Wow. This poem from St. Theresa is quite familiar to me and I have a personal story about it that is other worldly, but listening to it sung here is awesome. I will bookmark it and play it daily. It’s absolutely gentles my spirit.

  2. The music is beautiful and just right for the poem. Combined they are uplifting and at the same calming.
    Thank you for this .

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