FOR A BUSY LIFE
You need some moments of
recollection every day. The best is in the morning so that it
can influence your day. Defend this moment like a besieged city.
Fight all intruders, clear out the trenches. In fact, the afternoon
is too long without another moment of recollection.
Recollection is the only cure for
your haughtiness, the sharpness of your criticism, the forays of
your imagination, your impatience with inferiors, your love of
pleasure and all your other faults.
Recollection is an excellent remedy
but it needs repetition like a good watch that needs constant
Reread books that moved you; it
will move you more the second time around. Be patient with yourself,
avoid self-deception and discouragement. Expect nothing of yourself
but all things of God. Knowledge of our own hopeless, incorrigible
weakness, with unreserved confidence in God's power, is the true
foundation of all spiritual life.
If you do not really have much time
for recollection, make good use of whatever you have. It does not
need long hours to love God. Love of God is the true Kingdom of God
within us, which nothing can disturb. . .and you enter it through
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During the course of
the day, recollect as often as you can that you stand in the
presence of God. Consider what he does and what you are doing. You
will find his eyes turned towards you and perpetually fixed on you
with an incomparable love, says St. Francis de Sales.
We need no wings to go
in search of Him, but have only to find a place where we can be
alone and look upon Him present within us, muses St. Teresa of