Recollection

If you grow accustomed to having Him present at your side, and He sees that you do so with love and that you go about striving to please Him, you will not be able–as they say–to get away from Him; you will find Him everywhere. -The Way of Perfection .

 

The prayer of recollection consists in the realization of this great truth: God is in me, my soul is His temple. I recollect myself in the intimacy of this temple to adore Him, love him, and unite myself with Him.

Although the prayer of recollection is the highest of the active forms of prayer, St. Teresa notes that we can obtain it for ourselves, “for this is not a supernatural  state, but depends upon our own action and by God’s favor, we can enter it of our own accord” -Way of Perfection.

  “I tried as hard as I could to keep Jesus Christ, our God and our Lord, present within me, and that was my way of prayer.”

“Hidden there within our soul, we can think about the Passion, and picture the Son, and offer Him to the Father, without tiring the mind by going to seek Him on Mount Calvary, or in the Garden, or at the Column. We can speak with Him as with a Father, a brother, a Lord, and a Spouse-sometimes in one way, sometimes in another.” -Way of Perfection

Little by little, recollection will become easy and delightful; the senses will obey promptly, and even if the soul is not free from distractions, it will not be hard to overcome them.

Recollection Prayer of St Teresa

Give me the grace to recollect myself in the little heaven of my soul where You have established Your dwelling. There You let me find You, there I feel that You are closer to me than anywhere else, and there You prepare my soul quickly to enter into intimacy with You…Help me O Lord, to withdraw my senses from exterior things, make them docile to the commands of my will, so that when I want to converse with You, they will retire at once, like bees shutting themselves up in the hive in order to make honey.