The Profession of Faith
My Lord and my God, take from me everything that dis-
tances me from you.
My Lord and my God, give me everything that brings me
closer to you.
My Lord and my God, detach me from myself to give my
all to you.
It means trusting God in every circumstance,
even in adver-
sity. Aprayer of St. Teresa of Jesus wonderfully expresses this trust:
Let nothing trouble you / Let nothing frighten you
Everything passes / God never changes
Patience / Obtains all
Whoever has God / Wants for nothing
God alone is enough.
“Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God is one LORD . . .”
12:29). “The supreme being must be
unique, without equal . . . . If God is not one, he is not
1, 3, 5: PL 2, 274).
Faith in God leads us to turn to him alone as our first
origin and our ultimate goal, and neither to prefer
anything to him nor to substitute anything for him.
Evenwhen he reveals himself, God remains a mystery
beyond words: “If you understood him, it would not
be God” (St. Augustine,
52, 6, 16: PL 38:360 and
117, 3,5: PL 38, 663).
The God of our faith has revealed himself as He who
is; and he has made himself known as “abounding in
steadfast love and faithfulness” (
34:6). God’s very
being is Truth and Love.
51 St. Nicholas of Flüe; cf.
52 St. Teresa of Jesus,
The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila,
vol. III, tr. by K. Kavanaugh, OCD, and O. Rodriguez, OCD (Washington
DC: Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1985), 386 no. 9, tr. by John Wall.