Part 3: Exploring Prayer of the Heart (Based on Chapter 28) The Prayer of Recollection
“…wherever God is, there is heaven.”
“Do you think it matters little for a soul with a wandering mind to understand this truth and see that there is no need to go to heaven in order to speak with one’s Eternal Father or find delight in Him? Nor is there any need to shout. However softly we speak, He is near enough to hear us.”
“All one need do is go into solitude and look at Him within oneself, and not turn away from so good a Guest but with great humility speak to Him as to a father.”
“This prayer is called “recollection,” because the soul collects its faculties together and enters within itself to be with its God.
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Sister Donna makes another great connection between prayer of the heart and Mass in this segment. When she is describing how St. Teresa of Avila says that God does not come alone into our hearts when we pray, but with all of His courtiers (the angels, the saints and those who have gone before us), she connects this to the Introductory Dialogue (just after the Prayer Over the Gifts): “Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord”. We then proceed to the Eucharistic Prayer, where we pray in union with the whole Church and in communion with the saints.