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).
"I set up a little cell in my heart, where I always kept company with Jesus." (St. Faustina)
Lord frequently told me that I should keep a secluded place for Him in
my heart, where He would teach me to love Him." (St. Margaret Mary)
"I offer You the cell of my heart; may it be Your little Bethany. Come rest there…” (Elizabeth of the Trinity)
remember… to retire at various times into the solitude of your own
heart even while outwardly engaged in discussions or transactions with
others. This mental solitude cannot be violated by the many people who
surround you since they are not standing around your heart but only
around your body. Your heart remains alone in the presence of God.” (St. Francis de Sales)
Painting of girl: Am Morgen, 1840, detail
Painting of Bus: George William Joy, 1895
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Even while outwardly engaged in discussions or transactions with others....Your heart remains alone in the presence of God.ReplyDelete
This is precious. A constant 'state of being' so wonderful and attractive to heart monastics!
Thank you, Trish - and thanks be to God.Delete