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Read St. Teresa of Avila's Famous Poem, in Her Own Handwriting

Oct 15, 2015 By Gretchen Filz | 28 Comments

St. Teresa of Avila (1515–1582), the great Spanish Carmelite nun, mystic, and Doctor of the Church, most famous for her classic spiritual writings, The Interior Castle and The Way of Perfection, also wrote the famous poem below, Nada Te Turbe.

And we still have it in her original handwriting.

Nada Te Turbe: A Poem by St. Teresa of Avila

The poem reads:

Nada te turbe,

nada te espante

todo se pasa,

Dios no se muda,

la paciencia

todo lo alcanza,

quien a Dios tiene

nada le falta

solo Dios basta.

- Teresa de Jesus


Let nothing disturb you,

Let nothing frighten you,

All things pass away:

God never changes.

Patience obtains all things.

He who has God

Finds he lacks nothing;

God alone suffices.

- Teresa of Jesus

Watch a virtual choir of Carmelites sing Nada Te Turbe in honor of St. Teresa of Avila's 500th birthday last year.

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Gretchen Filz Gretchen Filz

Gretchen is a Lay Dominican with a passion for fostering an increase in Catholic faith and devotion. After receiving her M.A. in Christian Apologetics, she converted to the Catholic Faith in 2011. She lives and works in the Diocese of Charlotte.

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