You Are Christ’s Hands

Saint Teresa of Avila

Passages for Meditation

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 us now.

Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) is a much-loved Catholic saint and mystic from Avila, Spain, who followed both the way of action and the way of contemplation. This passage is published in Easwaran’s spiritual anthology, “God Makes the Rivers to Flow.” The audio recording is by Eknath Easwaran’s wife, Christine Easwaran.