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Quote of the Week: Christ has no body

July 15, 2009

Prayer of St. Theresa of Avila

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 ours,
No hands, no feet on earth but ours,
Ours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world.
Ours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Ours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.

Ours are the hands, ours are the feet,
Ours are the eyes. We are his body.

3 Comments
  1. July 15, 2009 12:56 pm

    The question for St. Theresa is not “What would Jesus do?” but rather “How does Jesus work through me?”

  2. Gerald Alford permalink
    August 25, 2009 9:54 pm

    What is the source of this quote or prayer attributed to St. Teresa? I have seen it before and asked Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD who translated her works and he was not familiar with it. He thought it was more likely a prayer composed by Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

  3. August 26, 2009 11:03 pm

    Gerald,

    Thanks for the question. I can’t remember where I first heard it. I have seen it made into a song and attributed to her and have seen it on prayer cards and the like. I searched the web for an answer. Most places simply attribute it to St. Theresa of Avila. However, this comment echoes your assertion.

    Other than that, I’m not sure.

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