Bookmark This Prayer

St. Teresa of Avila’s most-beloved poem is called “The Bookmark” because it was found in her prayer book after her death. The original Spanish version is lovely as well.

Nada te turbe,
Nada te espante;
todo se pasa.
Dios no se muda.
La pacientia todo lo alcanza.
Quien a Dios tiene nada la falta:
solo Dios basta.

Translated:

Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you;
all things are passing.
God alone is changeless.
He who has patience wants for nothing.
He who has God has all things:
God alone suffices.

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4 Responses to Bookmark This Prayer

  1. suebe says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is going in my prayer journal.
    –SueBE

  2. rhcwilliams says:

    Isn’t it everything a prayer should be, SueBE? I found this prayer, posted it, and then turned on the t.v. Here in our area, we’re being inundated with “panic-mode” weather reports of the impending hurricane. This prayer is right on time, all these centuries after it was written.

  3. Debbie says:

    Just talked to Dan in Trenton – of course my mother’s neurotically protective heart wasn’t entirely comforted by the fact that he’s ‘way inland Mom’ and ‘not to worry’. The prayer is beautiful and the timing perfect.
    Keeping you in my prayers as well.

    • rhcwilliams says:

      Thanks for your prayers, Debbie, and I know what you mean… when they’re far away you worry as a mom. Heck, even when my son is in the next room I worry sometimes! Times like these I’m glad we have a governor who says things like, “Get the heck off the beach and get safe!” He can be so New Jersey and I rarely agree with him, but this time, he’s doing the right thing. Bumpy road ahead, but I believe we’ll all come through with interesting stories to tell. Take care.

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