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A Deacon’s Poem

Christ Has No Body 

by Teresa of Avila* (1515–1582)

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with 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 but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks with
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

 

Listen to St. Teresa’s Prayer as sung by John Michael Talbot

 

*About Teresa of Avila:

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Born in Avila, Spain, on March 28, 1515, she was the daughter of a Toledo merchant and his second wife, who died when Teresa was 15, one of ten children. Shortly after this event, Teresa was entrusted to the care of the Augustinian nuns. In 1535, she joined the Carmelite Order. She spent a number of relatively average years in the convent, punctuated by a severe illness that left her legs paralyzed for three years, but then experienced a vision of “the sorely wounded Christ” that changed her life forever. Read and learn more about this Christian mystic and reformer at Calvin College’s Christian Classics Ethereal Library @ www.ccel.org/ccel/teresa

 

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