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October 15th is the feast of St. Teresa of Avila. She lived in the 16th century, was a member of the Carmelite order and is a renowned writer on prayer and the spiritual life. St. Teresa saw herself as an instrument of God in the world, able to make Him present through the way in which she lived her daily life. As she puts it in her own words –

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 the world,

Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,

Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world.

Yours are the hands.

Yours are the feet.

Yours are the eyes.

You are his Body.

Let us pray:

Creator God, for the many wonders of our lives we bless your name and find, in turn, that we are blessed.

Guide and strengthen us on life’s journey,

so that we may be the voice and face of Christ in the world,

through our actions, attitudes and presence.

Give us the desire to be instruments of your blessings in the places of our hearts and homes, both now and tomorrow. Amen.

Fr. Kieran Coghlan

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