God’s Sanctuary

Try to disengage yourself from so many cares, and take a little time to think of God and to rest in Him. Enter into the secret chamber of your heart, and banish from it every thing save your Creator alone and what can help you to find Him; then having closed the door, say to Him, with all your soul: “Lord, I seek Thy divine countenance, — teach me to find it!” -St. Augustine

St. Francis de Sales called the centre of his soul the sanctuary of God, where nothing enters save the soul and God. This was the place of his retirement and his ordinary abode; and therefore, in his soul there was nothing but purity, simplicity, humility, and union of the spirit with its God.

Those who can shut themselves up in this little heaven of the soul, where He dwells who has created heaven and earth, may believe that they are walking in an excellent way, and that they shall not fail to drink of the water of the fountain, for in a little time they will make great progress. -St. Teresa

St. Catherine of Sienna, who was very fond of retirement, was loaded by her parents with cares and employments. But she built for herself a cell in her own heart, where she remained in constant retirement, even in the midst of the most active occupations, contemplating God and conversing familiarly with Him. Thus she succeeded in gaining a firm and constant union with His Divine Majesty, and she used to say that the kingdom of God is properly in our hearts, where He fixes His abode.

“How much it helps me,” said St. Teresa, “to remember that I have company in my heart, even God! and I remain there truly with Him.”

Text from A Year With the Saints (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1891).

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