Hello everyone! As you all know, the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila is just three days away. The Discalced Carmelite Friars at Holy Hill have a long-standing tradition of saying a Triduum of Masses in honor of St. Teresa of Avila. As I served the first Mass in the Triduum today, I was inspired to do something special for these three days too. I will write a small three-day retreat – today being the first day, tomorrow being the second and the concluding on the 15th, St. Teresa’s feast day. Each day, I will post a small quote from the Holy Mother followed by my own short reflection and prayer – all in fitting with a theme (i.e.. Faith, Charity, Marian Devotion, Perseverance in Prayer….).
Today’s Theme: “Be Not afraid”
“Let nothing disturb thee,
Nothing affright thee;
All things are passing;
God never changeth….”
– Excerpt taken from St. Teresa’s poem Lines Written in Her Breviary
How often do we fear the uncertain? Our world is full of reasons for fear and it’s seems if though sometimes God has abandon us. However, it is we who abandon God every time we sin. Indeed our world is full of sin, but there is hope for “God never changeth.” He is always standing there with His Love and Mercy or His Wrath and Justice. Therefore, let us today chose to “Be Not Afraid” and say to Our Dear Lord “Jesus, I Trust in You.”
O Unchanging Lord – You who are the same now and forever, hear us as we pray! Open your arms of mercy upon us as we call out to You. Confirm us in our Faith so that the lure of this passing life does not distract us from the Life to Come. Grant this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.