Recollection, dear Princess of God, is an interior quietness. It is a stillness of the soul in which there is peace and in which you can start to begin to hear the nudgings of God.
St. Faustina writes at length in her Diary about recollection:
I recall that I have received most light during adoration which I made lying prostrate
before the Blessed Sacrament for half an hour every day throughout Lent. During that
time I came to know myself and god more profoundly. And yet, even though I had the
superiors‟ permission to do so, I encountered many obstacles to praying in such a way.
Let the soul be aware that, in order to pray and persevere in prayer, one must arm
oneself with patience and cope bravely with exterior and interior difficulties. The interior
difficulties are discouragement, dryness, heaviness of spirit and temptations. The exterior
difficulties are human respect and time; one must observe the time set apart for prayer.
This has been my personal experience because, when I did not pray at the time assigned
for prayer, later on I could not do it because of my duties; or if I did manage to do so, this
was only with great difficulty, because my thoughts kept wandering off to my duties. I
also experienced this difficulty: when a soul has prayed well and left prayer in a state of
profound interior recollection, others resist its recollection; and so, the soul must be
patient to persevere in prayer. It often happened to me that when my soul was more
deeply immersed in God, and I had derived greater fruit from prayer, and God‟s presence
accompanied me during the day, and at work there was more recollection and greater
precision and effort at my duty, this was precisely when I received the most rebukes for
being negligent in my duty and indifferent to everything; because less recollected souls
want others to be like them, for they are a constant remorse to them.
If only souls would become recollected, God would speak to them at once, for
dissipation drowns out the world of the Lord.
Women are very fond of
talking, but the Holy Spirit does not speak to a soul that is distracted and garrulous.
He speaks by His quiet inspirations to a soul that is recollected, to a soul that
knows how to keep silence. If silence were strictly observed, there would not be
any grumbling, bitterness, slandering, or gossip, and charity would not be
tarnished. (23) In a word, many wrongs would not be done. Silent lips are pure
gold and bear witness to holiness within.
Strive for a life of
recollection so that you can hear My voice, which is so soft that only recollected
souls can hear it…..
Dear Princess of God, it is possible not only to have recollection in the silence and quiet of your times of solitude, but also to take those times of solitude with you and have recollection in the midst of your activity. This is what Jesus means and what He is asking for.
Try to still yourself through means of prayer and silent adoration before the Lord each and every day, and you will acquire the habit. Oh how Jesus wants to speak to you, dear Princess of God – give Him the space to do so!