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"All Things Are Passing": Saint Teresa of Avila's Powerful Prayer for Peace in Times of Distress

Oct. 15 is the feast of Saint Teresa of Avila. She was a mystic, writer, Carmelite nun, and a reformer of the Carmelite Order. She is also one of four female Doctors of the Church.

According to tradition, “Saint Teresa’s Bookmark” was found in her prayer book after her death. It is a perfect prayer in times of distress or anxiety.

It puts into perspective life’s meaning: that we are here for God, and that this life and its sufferings will pass.

Saint Teresa’s message is clear: Do not distress. Do not be afraid. Do not lose hope. God is always with you and He alone will satisfy you.

Here is Saint Teresa of Avila’s Bookmark prayer below:

“Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away.
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.”

Saint Teresa of Avila’s prayer is also rooted in scripture.

For example, scripture tells us to “have no fear” 365 times – one for each day.

Jesus said,

“Peace, I leave with you; peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)

Deut. 31:6 says,

“Be strong and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the LORD, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you.”

The world also passes away, according to 1 John 2:17:

“The world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever.”

According to Hebrews 13:8, God never changes:

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

And 2 Cor. 12:9 says,

“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”

Saint Teresa of Avila, please pray for us!

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