About this Christ Has No Body Poem

The prayer (or poem) Christ Has No Body is attributed to St. Teresa of Avila, although it is not found in her writings.

St. Teresa of Avila

Teresa lived in the 16th century in Spain, and was a contemporary of Martin Luther.  She entered the Carmelite order, where she struggled to stay away from attachments to worldly desires. She eventually fell ill and her struggle continued.  Later however, her prayer life improved and she found delight in it.  Eventually she sought to found a new convent founded on poverty and prayer. She was met with opposition, but eventually was able to found a new monastery named St. Joseph’s.  She was a prolific writer, and she also promoted many reforms in the religious orders of the time. Her writings largely focus on prayer, especially mental prayer. She is a founder of the Discalced Carmelites.

Christ Has No Body

Christ has no body now but yours
No hands, no feet on earth but yours
Yours are the eyes through which He looks
Compassion on this world
Yours are the feet with which He walks to do good
Yours are the hands with which He blesses all the world
Yours are the hands
Yours are the feet
Yours are the eyes
You are His body
Christ has no body now on earth but yours

Resources

St. Teresa of Avila

Learn more about this Spanish mystic and doctor of the Church.

Prayer made St Teresa of Ávila an exceptional woman

Pope Francis explains how prayer was central to the spirituality of St. Teresa.


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2 responses to “Christ Has No Body – St. Teresa of Avila”

  1. Mrs Brigid McEleney-Smith Avatar

    Dear Young Catholics,
    I would very much like to share this image with the members of our Community Sponsorship Group as a ‘thank you’ for all their support resettling a family over the last 2 years. The prayer was adopted a prayed by the group from the very beginning. But I can only find the image in a card form – that you would send to someone. I really would like it in the form of a prayer card, or mounted in a frame. Can you help, or would you give me permission to print and mount the image myself?
    With all good wishes, Brigid McEleney-Smith, Group Leader of Companions Sidmouth

    1. Young Catholics Avatar

      Yes, you can get it printed on a different product. Go to https://www.zazzle.com/christ_has_no_body_now_but_yours_note_cards-256885999771103943?rf=238139980240946457 and then select “View product details”. On the product details page, look a few rows down and you will see “Transfer a design to a product”. It will suggest a few products, including a flat card, magnet, etc. But if you choose the first option in that row, you can browse all of the products available (over 1000) and choose to print it on any of those. I hope that helps!

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