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Read St. Teresa of Avila's Famous Poem, in Her Own Handwriting

Oct 15, 2015 By Gretchen Filz | 23 Comments

St. Teresa of Avila (1515–1582), the great Spanish Carmelite nun, mystic, and Doctor of the Church, most famous for her classic spiritual writings, The Interior Castle and The Way of Perfection, also wrote the famous poem below, Nada Te Turbe.

And we still have it in her original handwriting.

Nada Te Turbe: A Poem by St. Teresa of Avila

The poem reads:

Nada te turbe,

nada te espante

todo se pasa,

Dios no se muda,

la paciencia

todo lo alcanza,

quien a Dios tiene

nada le falta

solo Dios basta.

- Teresa de Jesus


Let nothing disturb you,

Let nothing frighten you,

All things pass away:

God never changes.

Patience obtains all things.

He who has God

Finds he lacks nothing;

God alone suffices.

- Teresa of Jesus

Watch a virtual choir of Carmelites sing Nada Te Turbe in honor of St. Teresa of Avila's 500th birthday last year.

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Gretchen is a Lay Dominican with a passion for fostering an increase in Catholic faith and devotion through content writing and journalism. She works as a digital content writer, creator, and marketer for The Catholic Company. In addition to blogging at, she is also editor of the daily devotional email and author at She holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics and converted to the Catholic Church in 2011. She is also active in R.C.I.A., pro-life work, and various faith-based web projects.

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