Monday, October 19, 2009

He will make His presence felt and give Himself to the soul

"In the prayer of recollection, [St Teresa of Avila] says, one withdraws from all created things, recollects all one's powers, withdraws into oneself, and there contemplates God, the Three Persons of the Blessed Trinity, or Christ the Son. The soul represents Our Lord to itself in some one of His states which it prefers, and speaks familiarly to Him, now as a Father, now as a Brother or a Spouse, or as to its divine Master.

The senses, both interior and exterior, experience the effect of this recollection; the eyes close of themselves; and the soul, entirely occupied with Him whom it loves,  is enflamed with divine love. It is then on the right road to receive the gift of infused contemplation. Once the soul has freed itself from all created things and given itself entirely to God so that He can dispose of it as He pleases, He will make His presence felt and also give Himself to the soul. The better prepared oneself for this, St Teresa advises that recollection be prolonged during the day or at least that contact with God be renewed from time to time."

-- The Spirit and Prayer of Carmel by Fr François Jamart, ocd

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