A Simple Practice For The Spirit

By: Brian Robertson

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
…. Teresa of Avila

Each one of us has both the responsibility and the power to answer life’s problems and needs. Teresa of Avila reminds us not to do this in spiritual isolation, simply taking care of ourselves. If we are struggling to live a life in the Presence of God, then we are strengthened by that effort for the benefit of those with whom we come into contact. Today, watch how many times your hands, eyes and feet are needed, in a hundred small moments, and, how, to the best of your ability, you can use them.

To support you, take a few moments and sit quietly. You might take the time to memorize the quote from Teresa, if you’re so inclined. It’s a good choice for what follows. If that seems to big a chore to start with, there are alternatives. Silently repeat even a bit of St. Francis’ famous prayer, “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.”

Make it your thought and your prayer. Let each word drop into your mind, slowly, and into your heart. If you find yourself distracted, don’t fret, just gently push aside the thought that crept in and go back to the beginning. Spend perhaps ten minutes doing it each day for the next few days.

If you were only able to do a line — do it well and with mindfulness. After you go out into the world, carry that line with you. During your journey in the world today, remember a few more words from St. Francis’ prayer: “Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is doubt, faith.”

Then, with that in your heart — walk, touch and see.


Rev. Brian


[What a wonderful post.
This reminds me of a time when I was praying and when I opened my eyes I looked at my hands and saw them differently; knowing that they belonged to Jesus and that He wanted to use them for gentleness, kindness and healing. Eventually I began to see all of the body that way and most importantly, my tongue.

I am inspired by your site.]