Do you have a worrier among your kids? Give them a bookmark with this meditation by St. Theresa of Avila.
In the children’s book Wemberly Worried, the title character worries about everything from the crack in her bedroom wall to the safety of her swingset to (gulp) the start of school. “Worry, worry, worry,” her grandmother chides. “Too much worrying!”
If only poor Wemberly had known St. Theresa of Avila.
The saint must have had a lot on her mind, as busy as she was. But if she ever got worried, she would turn to a little meditation she wrote on a slip of paper that she carried with her in her prayerbook…hence its nickname, “St. Theresa’s Bookmark.” The prayer is more often known by its first line as “Let Nothing Disturb You” (or “Nada Te Turbe” in the original Spanish).
It’s the perfect prayer for worried kids. If you have a worrier in your family, write it up on a slip of paper for your child to carry with him or her…just like St. Theresa did.
Here it is:
Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing away;
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.
Nada te turbe,
nada te espante,
todo se pasa,
Dios no se muda.
La paciencia todo
lo alcanzaquien a Dios tienenada le falta:
sólo Dios basta.
And here, just for fun, is a “virtual choir” of Carmelite nuns singing the prayer around the world.