At my church today, our pastor began a series on Vocation, a theme we began to explore on Labor Day in our post, “The Masks of God.”
We will continue to explore this vital theological theme in days to come. On this Lord’s Day, here’s a chance to meditate on the subject before the Lord through the meditative music of John Michael Talbot. This is his setting of “St. Theresa’s Prayer.”
St. Theresa of Avila lived in Spain in the days of Martin Luther (1515-1582). She entered a Carmelite convent in 1535 and was beset by illness and poor health most of her life there. She began to receive mystical visions, many of which were disturbing, but was helped to discern God’s voice in them through the guidance of several priests. Her most famous book is an autobiographical account of her spiritual life called the Interior Castle. She founded and later reformed convents of both friars and nuns throughout Spain, often in the face of opposition and persecution. St. Theresa’s primary contribution to mystical theology consists of her intensely personal testimony of her life with God, of which she was given deep insight.
One of her most famous poems (prayers) challenges each Christian and all of us together in the realm of our God-given vocation.
Christ has no body now but yours
No hands, no feet on earth but yours
Yours are the eyes through which He looks
Compassion on this world
Yours are the feet with which He walks to do good
Yours are the hands with which He blesses all the world
Yours are the hands
Yours are the feet
Yours are the eyes
You are His body
Christ has no body now on earth but yours