Sunday, 4 January 2009

Teresa Helena Higginson

Teresa Higginson (1844 - 1905) was a catholic teacher, mystic and contemplative. Her story is well worth reading and perhaps she has some lessons for our time. My own personal admiration is of her living a life of faith arising from her relationship with God in prayer. A prayer found in a notebook after her death sums this up;

Father of all, we fain would say, as did thy only Son,
In every hour of every day, Oh let Thy Will be done.
In thought, in word, in deed, in death, things finished or begun,
Let every transitory breath whisper, Thy Will be done.
In daily cares to thousands known, or known perchance to none,
Let this request be heard above, Oh! Lord, Thy Will be done.
In sickness though some stroke unseen may oft the senses stun,
Let grace suggestive intervene to feel Thy Will be done.
In health, when in it’s full career the race of man is run,
Let joy be taught by holy fear to pray, Thy Will be done.
Amid the rocks and shoals of life which few can ever shun,
Let peace compose each spark of strife and cry, Thy Will be done.
And when the bow of hope shall bend all colours into one,
Time eternity shall end with Lord, Thy Will be done.
Further information on the life of Teresa can be found by clicking on the above picture or here.