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A painting of St Teresa of Avila

With apologies for recent silence, this post marks an attempt to get back into the blogosphere. In the month of February, I had some study leave which was both good and fruitful although it proved to be cut short because of domestic problems whereby my good lady wife fell quite seriously ill.

She is, thankfully, on a road to recovery although what has happened will mean we probably have to make some lifestyle changes for her long-term. However, in the midst of all, the love of God was very present to us both.

There were no warm fuzzy feelings or ‘mountain stream’ moments to be found, but just the love and care of the Christian community around us who have been brilliant in both caring for my good lady wife and also helping me as I spent a few weeks as a quasi-single parent (for whom I have a new found respect).

Anyway, this picture is not my wife (thankfully). It’s St Teresa of Avila who famously said something that has echoed long and loud for me in these last few weeks as we have relied on God’s people for help. In so doing, through the Body of Christ, we have experienced the love of Christ to us. Their hands and feet have been, to us, His hands and feet:

“Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
No hands but yours,
No feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which is to look out Christ’s compassion to the world;
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good;
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.”

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Justin (3MinuteTheol
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Dear Dave

I doubt very much that photograph is of Teresa of Avila, as she died in 1582, two hundred and fifty some years before Louis Daguerre managed to take a pic. I reckon you’ve got Thérèse of Lisieux there. I am doubly sure that you are glad you are not married to the “Little Flower”.

Despite this pickiness, I hope you and your wife are blessed in this Eastertide with health, hope and happiness.

Justin

David
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Thanks Justin, I am sure you are undoubtedly correct. Doh! I’ll see if I can sort out my images accordingly.

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