Tuesday, January 17, 2012

in the cell

"Whenever you pray, go to your room, close your door, and pray to your Father in private…” (Matthew 6:6)

St. Catherine of Siena, who did not live in a monastery, “formed a cell in her own heart and there she remained continually united with God even when busiest, contemplating Him and speaking familiarly with Him.  Thus she attained to a stable, uninterrupted union with her Lord.” (Spiritual Diary, Daughters of St. Paul, 1990).    

"The metaphor of the cell brings to mind the idea of a retreat in which the soul can renew its strength after the fatigue of the active life, where it can leave aside visible things to think about those that are invisible, and where it finally finds peace, far from external distractions…” (J.M. Perrin OP., Catherine of Siena, Newman Press, 1965). 

“Brother Body is our cell, and our soul is the hermit living indoors in the cell, in order to pray to God and meditate on him.” (St. Francis of Assisi) 

“I offer You the cell of my heart; may it be Your little Bethany.  Come rest there…”  (Elizabeth of the Trinity)