Necessity of inner recollection to treat God

The presence of the three divine Persons in the soul in grace is a living presence, open to our dealings, ordered to the knowledge and love with which we can correspond. "Why do we run through the heights of the firmament and the abysses of the earth in search of the One who dwells in us? "8 St. Augustine asks himself. Now," teaches St. Gregory the Great, "as long as our mind is dissipated into carnal images, it will never be able to contemplate... because it is blinded by so many obstacles by the thoughts that bring and carry it. The first step, therefore, for the soul to be able to contemplate the invisible nature of God, is to withdraw into itself.

9 To achieve this recollection, our Lord asks some people to withdraw from the world, but God wants the majority of Christians (mothers, students, workers...) to find him in the midst of their tasks. Through habitual mortification during the day-with which interior joy is so closely related-we keep our senses for God. We mortify the imagination, freeing it from useless thoughts; the memory, casting aside memories that do not bring us closer to the Lord; the will, fulfilling the duty, perhaps a small one, that we have entrusted to us.

Intense work, if it is directed towards God, far from impeding our dialogue with him, facilitates it. The same happens with all exterior activity: social relations, family life, travel, rest... All human life, if it is not dominated by frivolity, always has a deep, intimate dimension, expressed in a certain recollection that reaches its full meaning in dealing with God. To recollect oneself is to "bring together what is separate", to re-establish the lost inner order, to avoid the dispersion of the senses and powers even in things that are in themselves good or indifferent, to have God at the centre of the intention of what we do and project.

The opposite of interior recollection is dissipation and frivolity. The senses and powers remain in any pond on the path, and as a consequence the person walks without fixity, attention is scattered, the will is asleep and concupiscence is awakened10. Without recollection it is not possible to deal with God.

To the extent that we purify our heart and our gaze, to the extent that, with the Lord's help, we seek that recollection, which is wealth and interior fullness, our soul yearns to deal with God, like the deer with the springs of water. 11 "The heart, then, needs to distinguish and adore each of the divine Persons. In some way, it is a discovery that the soul makes in the supernatural life, like those of a creature that opens its eyes to existence. And she entertains herself lovingly with the Father and with the Son and with the Holy Spirit; and she submits easily to the activity of the life-giving Paraclete, who gives himself to us without deserving it.