“The Bookmark of Teresa of Jesus”
Do not be upset.
Do not be afraid.
Everything is changing.
God alone is changeless.
Patience attains the goal.
Who has God has everything.
God alone meets all our needs.
It Deals with Three C’s –
Calm, Context, Conquering
Lines 1-2: Calm:
Live in calm, live unafraid.
These 2 lines are the human application.
Lines 3-4: Context:
These remaining 5 lines are just a scientific (observational) description of reality. Lines 3 and 4 describe our true situation.
Our CONTEXT is:
- A World of constant instability,
Always uncertainty, always things and situations shifting, disappearing, sometimes reappearing.
Lots of change.
- Except – God,
Who is constant beyond our ability to explain,
and perhaps to imagine.
Lines 5-7: Conquering:
Lines 5 through 7 illumine the practice of victory. In Revelation chapters 2 and 3 much good is promised “to the one who overcomes.” Teresa gives us good guidance for “overcoming.”
That is: Because of, or in spite of, the constantly changing context in this life:
Settle down on God.
Practice being there just to be there – for its own sake.
Attend there, hope there;
be there in now and all through the future.
By this patience you will save your soul
and much around you.
In this calm
you will find all.
So says Teresa. I believe she’s right.Teresa's Bookmark. Live in calm, live unafraid. Her first 2 lines are the human application. The other 5 lines are just a scientific (observational) description of reality.Click To Tweet
This is sometimes called “The Bookmark of Teresa”; I don’t know why. I have memorized this and recite it to myself several times every week.
- Forgive Yourself, Welcome Yourself, Improve Your Relationship
- We Must Lift Our Voices While We Lay Down Our Swords – No Religious Bullies
- If You Do Not Love Your Neighbor – Whom You CAN See – Can You Love God?
- “With Malice Toward None” – A Necessary Standard (Abraham Lincoln)
- Jesus Rejected Hatred (Howard Thurman)
- We Must Speak Up. “Lift your voice like a trumpet; declare to my people their sins.”