Writings of St. Peter Julian Eymard


Year Written
Openness of Heart.pdf
This conference will dwell on openness of heart. The principle of perfection for each of us depends on our fidelity to grace. This is all-important. God calls each one to a particular perfection, to follow counsels of perfection. On the other hand, all perfection is based on obedience. […] Obedience is faith in practice, humility in action. Because our Lord based perfection upon abnegation and abnegation is the sacrifice of the whole person, the practice of obedience must be made to a pe
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    1860
Renouncing the Mind the Heart and the Will.pdf
My Sisters, in our last meeting, we told you that you had to be free […] and you certainly understand why this is important. In order to be always with God, you must not be occupied with extraneous thoughts and affections – let us add: we must be free from the evil ones in order to have peace: Deny yourselves (cf. Mt 16:24), says our Lord.
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    1859
Mistrust of Self_ Confidence and Rest in the God Alone.pdf
Your heart should always be pleased with God, my Sisters, since he has been so good to you by granting you precious graces during this retreat. He has shown you not only the truth about holiness, but also the truth of his love for you. It’s a great thing to know God and his grace, and to know the love of the angels. To know his love for you is wonderful. You know that God loves you and you have said: I will love him greatly; his love will be my life: he will be my law; he will be my norm
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    1866
How to Acquire Virtues.pdf
The subject of this conference is how to acquire virtues. You must become virtuous, evidently, because the holiness of our Lord is nothing other than the practice of his virtues. First of all, how can one acquire virtues? My Sisters, virtue can be divided into three things, or three states: first, its act, then its habit, and the spirit of a virtue. We must aim at acquiring the spirit of a virtue – this requires some work, and a certain knowledge.
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    1862
Humility_ The Characteristic Virtue of an Adorer.pdf
Let us place ourselves in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, etc. My Sisters, as adorers, what must be your special virtue? It is the humility of love of our Lord. It is only by that virtue that you will please the Good Master. It is only in this way that you will be true adorers; and that alone will make you happy. Of course! It is only the virtue of humility that will make you true disciples of our Lord, and that will make you enter into the love of our Lord. Our Lord reveals hims
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    1866
Love of the Cross.pdf
In our last meeting, I spoke to you about Christian mortification; we will continue this topic and complete it. From the pulpit you hear, and from books you read that you must love the cross. It is already admirable to suffer with patience, but the truth is that we must love the cross. Whoever does not yet love the cross is not a true disciple, a follower of Jesus crucified. You ask: How can you love something that makes you suffer? Corporal penance makes us suffer, mortification of the hea
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    1861
Hidden Life in the Virtues.pdf
My good Daughters, I think you understood what I told you the last time, namely, that you should be happy. To be happy is already good, but you must even be joyful. It is my desire that your charity with each other should be a heartfelt charity. And so, try to do things as they should be done. When you are [involved] in a religious exercise, it calls for the charity of edification; when you are with the sick, the charity of compassion – the sisters who care for the sick must be very gentle
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    1860
Direction and Vocation.pdf
My Sisters, in the service of God we need a grace of consolation, in order to find strength in times of trial. Some people always want to proceed through the cross. That’s presumption and they will fail. Others want to force themselves: that’s fine providing the Good Lord is the one carrying them. When they refuse consolations, that’s self-love. There should always be a mixture of consolations and desolations. In any event, we must remain at peace, because the Good Lord knows what i
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    1860
Death For Life.pdf
How blessed you are, my Sisters, to have been called to this Eucharistic vocation! In order to arrive at the perfection of your vocation, you must become convinced and motivated by three major points. The first is suffering. […] Every Christian must suffer to gain salvation. Since it is an obligation for all Christians, all the more reason for you who came, not for your salvation, but to adore and follow our Lord in the Eucharist. […] The devil will tempt you in a thousand ways; your s
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    1858
Hidden Life in Piety.pdf
My dear Sisters, we have spoken about our hidden life in the virtues; now we will speak about our hidden life in piety. Avoid extraordinary piety, because you would then leave aside the hidden life. Extraordinary piety consists in doing things that others don’t do, which make people say: See how pious that person is; she does what the saints do. It would be wrong for us, for all the more reason, to do unusual things that would draw attention to ourselves. Our piety must be such that it b
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    1860
Grace.pdf
How will you recognize an abiding grace in yourself? First of all, it must be according to your vocation; otherwise, it is a false light. The Good Lord does not contradict himself. When you are following your given task, according to the rule of the moment, and you feel drawn elsewhere, you can say: This does not come from God. Set it aside – that’s how you can discern for an external grace.
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    1860
Detachment.pdf
My good Sisters, let’s examine an important question, the question of death and of grace. What kind of work does grace do in us? How does the Good Lord lead us to himself and even to heaven if you love him enough? So far, this question seems simple enough: it is the fundamental question of holiness, of the work of God in us. What is the goal, or if you prefer, what is the work of the love of God in us? The Good Lord is always detaching us – he gives us everything in the natural and supe
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    1862
Conditions for Direction. What Needs to be Said.pdf
My good Sisters, we will have direction tomorrow. Today, you can simply take stock of yourselves. To make good direction, you have to know how to proceed – we’ll talk about that, because the purpose of the retreat is to find the Good Lord, to know ourselves, and to make ourselves known.
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    1862
Admonition. Spiritual Direction. Religious Practices.pdf
Retreat is a time to pay one’s debts, and also to make great strides in correcting one’s faults. It’s a time to consult a monitor, to talk with our mother [superior], to ask her advice. Mother must see all the novices – they can also see their mistress [of novices]. You should talk about your external defects, because our character, our routine, and our forgetfulness can fool us. That’s why fraternal correction should warn us about these external defects. We should not make a bi
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    1862
About Direction.pdf
Direction should take place preferably after a few days of retreat, when you are more recollected. At this time you are not sufficiently recollected; wait a while. This direction is not about your sins, but about your defects. Talk about your defects. I presume that you know them. To make known your defects, if you know them, you begin by telling them as you know them, and then the confessor, who has the grace, will complete what you say. You may know your defects, but you don’t have the
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    1866
The Life of the Blessed Virgin in the Cenacle.pdf
Let us reflect on the life of the Blessed Virgin in the Cenacle. Everyone has a center of life that gives stability. For example, a child’s center of life is the affection of its mother, its family home. A merchant’s center of life is his business, he thinks only of that, and dwells there. A scholar’s center of life is knowledge, etc. Every person has a center of life, in which to rest, recreate, and find pleasure. A young man may work the entire day far from his family; he is happy
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    1861
The Grace of Consolation.pdf
My Sisters, concerning the gentleness of God there is an error that I would like to correct if you ever had the misfortune to fall into it. Briefly, it is this. Some pious persons really want to love God, but, in their love for the cross, suffering, and penance, they reject the consolations that God wants to give them. This must not be done.
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    1861
The Good Lord Unites Us to Himself by Gentleness.pdf
My Sisters, the Good Lord unites us to himself by gentleness; it is through the gentleness of this union that he leads us to strength. I often spoke to you about sacrifices, virtues, and everything that you should do; but you should not center in these sacrifices, in that state of death that I spoke of. This is not your center. The Good Lord does not unite us to himself through sacrifice, but through the experience of his goodness. He makes us feel a great sweetness, a sign of the grace of G
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    1862
The Four Ends of the Sacrifice. Adorationdocx.pdf
My Sisters, you know that we honor the entire Eucharist by the four ends of the sacrifice: not by only one; we take all four of them. These four are: adoration, thanksgiving, reparation, and intercession. Some communities have chosen only one or two of these fruits, one or two of these ends; some have only adoration and thanksgiving, such as in Brittany, and as Fr. Hermann does. This is a work of thanksgiving, not an order. I don’t know any order of thanksgiving . These are associations t
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    1862
Supernatural Charity of the Heart, of Respect, Affection and Action.pdf
We must build our perfection on charity, for this is the Lord’s commandment. He based all holiness on the love of God, and charity towards our neighbor as its expression. This is the greatest and first commandment: You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul, and with all your mind. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself (for the love of God) (cf. Mt 22:37-39). Our Lord also told his apostles: Keep my precept, my new commandment –
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    1858
Suffering and Joy. Fraternal Charity.pdf
As soon as we give ourselves to God, we give ourselves to the cross, to sacrifice. It will be death in order to have life. God crucifies us and gives us life. He crucifies the old self who is always with us. Crushed at night, it revives in the morning even stronger than the night before. Our life is a constant struggle, says Job.
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    1866
Recollection. Watching and Resting.pdf
My Sisters, I think you clearly understood what I said this morning, because what I told our Fathers also concerns you. It probably concerns you even more, because you have the joy of being more recollected than we are. You should be, since you have the pure contemplative life, and thus you should be under the influence of the Blessed Sacrament more than us. Remain very recollected, my poor Sisters; that is the necessary condition of your virtue and of your sanctity. Even with all the virtue
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    1862
St. Joseph Servant. Adorer. Disciple. and Our Model.pdf
Joseph, noli timere accipere Mariam conjugem tuam — [Joseph, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home] (cf. Mt 1:20). My dear Sisters, notice today’s feast. This feast of St. Joseph is so beautiful and consoling for us! I must offer him special honor and give him to you as protector and model. That’s why I will speak to you about St. Joseph: apostle, prophet, servant, adorer, disciple and model of the coenobitic life.
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    1868
Recollection. Different ways of Placing Ourselves in the Presence of God.pdf
My Sisters, we said that recollection is loving attention to God within us. We must be recollected within ourselves. There are several ways of placing ourselves in the presence of God within us, according to these words of our Lord: Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him (Jn 14:23). Our Lord says that the Father and the Holy Spirit come to us. They do not come in order to leave, but to make their dwelling there.
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    1859
Simplicity.pdf
My Daughters, I’ve come to make an important recommendation, namely, that you avoid anything extraordinary in your piety. I insist on this. Follow the common and ordinary way of life. Something that has been approved by an entire group is better than what comes from only a few. A common law, a common rule is better than a personal rule. Therefore, love the simple and common life; the name community says clearly that your life should be such.
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    1858
Recollection. Definition.pdf
You have the mission from God to live from him and for him. For this, you need recollection. This is the principal science that you must learn. It is a grace, and also a virtue. Acquire this science – we will teach you – and, with the help of grace, you will do it on your own. To recollect oneself means to draw from the outside to the inside, to offer oneself to our Lord within us, as in a tabernacle where he receives the homage of heart, mind, will, and senses. This is how to continue
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    1859
Simplicity Goal of Your Relationship.pdf
My Sisters, let me speak to you about your external virtues, what you should be, and what should be seen. Let me be completely open with you and say what I think. Simplicity must be the goal of your relationships. True love, real charity makes all our relationships very simple, because it destroys self-love. Where there is love, there is no self-love. Self-seeking will lead to embarrassment or loud behavior. A child is simple, without self-love. God is simple; he comes to us because he
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    1860
Recollection of Silence.pdf
My Sisters, you are on your way. I think that you must be like someone who had a good meal, or someone who has just enjoyed herself; the impression remains for a while. When we spray perfume in the house, we remark: What happened here? Now, the beautiful aroma of Jesus Christ (cf. 2 Cor 2:15) rests upon you. Our Lord has been here, and given you a witness of his love. You are still drawing from it. After a retreat, after a special grace, the first virtue to practice is recollection. Keep
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    1859
Religious Life. A Means not an End.pdf
Our Lord said to a young man, If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and come, follow me – you will have treasure in heaven (cf. Mt 19:21). When this young man heard these words, he became sad, because he held tightly to his goods and his wealth. He was holding on to glory, and he went away sad. He did not do what our Lord had asked of him; he kept his goods. He did not follow our Lord.
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    1864
Recollection. Uncommon Today. Virtue and Grace of God in Us.pdf
Please, may I ask you to pray for the poor little children who will make their First Communion on the Feast. They have a right intention and good will. God changes hearts, he makes saints out of ignorant men who understand nothing. Grace sanctifies them. This is really a great consolation. We are dealing with confused children who live in the midst of the world and its scandals. These are poor children who lack everything except their ability to beg.
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    1859
Preserving Grace and Making It Bear Fruit. Recollection.pdf
My Sisters, it is good and right to receive graces, but that’s not enough; we must care for them. And there’s still more: we must let them bear fruit. You have received many graces, and you will receive them every day. In his goodness, God wants to honor you among the daughters of Israel. Your gratitude should also be very great, because his goodness is infinite. Sometimes you tell me: I don’t know what to say. You know how to say thank you; say thank you like poor people do. You do
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    1860
Recollection our life in God.pdf
My Sisters, use your time well; you have only two days remaining in your retreat. The end is more important than the beginning. It is not a question of merely making resolutions, but of giving oneself to the Good Lord. Let’s take advantage of our time. Today or tomorrow, make sure that I see you once, to tell me how your retreat went.
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    1862
On Thanksgiving.pdf
My Sisters, let us talk about the second end of the sacrifice; namely, thanksgiving. As I told you, there are several communities that have thanksgiving to the Blessed Sacrament as their purpose. Among others, there is one at Morbihan, in Mauron. A good holy woman established adoration of the Blessed Sacrament through Masses. She has the Mass of the Blessed Sacrament offered every day, and these Masses are offered in thanksgiving. Personally, I offer a Mass in thanksgiving every Tuesd
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    1862
Recollection of Contemplation. Recollection of Union..pdf
Let us continue the subject of our last meeting. I spoke only about going out of self; now I will speak about the rest. To go out of yourself is both difficult and easy. Why? Because we know ourselves, we feel ourselves, and we can grasp ourselves. It is difficult because we must divest ourselves of the self, even though we still hold on to something. There is a satisfaction there, even in suffering, in spiritual death. What is difficult is to go towards our Lord. We see nothing, feel no
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    1862
Recollection in Our Lord Through a Spirit of Love.pdf
The month of Mary is moving on, my good Sisters; we must do something [special]. Be careful to keep silence. In your work, if you must speak, speak softly and only when necessary. Silence is the soul of recollection, the soul of the presence of God. It is hard to keep it when we are bearing some suffering and when we are distracted. Take a good resolution.
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    1860
Our Lord must be happy with us.pdf
My Sisters, I wish that the Good Lord may always be happy with you, and that you may always be happy with the Good Lord. These are the two ideas that we will develop. First, I want our Lord to be pleased with you, so happy that he will remain with you willingly. Our Lord can be forced to stay with people even if he’s not happy. Certainly. In the Blessed Sacrament, our Lord belongs to mankind. He can be forced to stay there, although not happy because he is despised, blasphemed, and cru
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    1866
On Reparation. Other Motives. Reparation of Justice.pdf
Our Lord Jesus Christ came to satisfy the glory of his Father, and to redeem us. There’s no doubt that his reparation was complete, but one thought remains. Our Lord was our mediator with the Father, but who will be mediator now with him?
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    1862
On Reparation.pdf
My dear Sisters, Lent begins tomorrow. Every day should be a time of Lent for you. Why? Because that’s your true vocation: you must be always doing penance, making reparation, asking pardon – that’s the third end of the sacrifice. We spoke of adoration and thanksgiving; that leaves reparation. Let’s talk about it today.
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    1862
Obedience.That.Is.Internal.External.Extraordinary.and.Joyful.pdf
My Sisters, meditate on these words: Jesus Christ humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. (cf. Phil 2:8). When St. Paul spoke about our Lord, he did not speak about his penances, his miracles, and all his virtues. Instead, he simply said he became obedient; with that he has said everything. In fact, our Lord never spoke one word or did any act of his own volition. He depended entirely on his heavenly Father.
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    1858
Our Lord God Savior and King. To Adore Praise Bless and Love.pdf
My Sisters, let us continue to explain the Rule. In the last instruction we were considering adoration. The danger, in the practice of the four ends of the sacrifice, is to surrender to the inspiration of the moment. Sometimes this inspiration is not very clear, not enough to keep us before the Lord. A poor soul may be waiting for manna from heaven (cf. Ex 16), but it does not come. Or if one goes to the stream, there is no stream. Go to the well, you will find water there. This means t
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    1862
Poverty.pdf
To become a true Servant of the Blessed Sacrament, a sister must love poverty, honor it by the way she dresses, by what she eats, by her room, by her entire life. It must be like the royal virtue of Jesus Christ, her master.
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    1858
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.pdf
My Sisters, take note that no one has yet honored Mary with the title of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. She is honored with the name of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows, of Nazareth, of the Presentation, etc. But, in spite of the fact that the Blessed Virgin spent much of her life in the Cenacle, no one has yet thought of honoring her as adorer.
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    1858
On Interior Formation.pdf
My Sisters, the subject of this conference is interior formation. This is not exterior formation that consists in the virtue of respect towards God, charity for our neighbor, and support for oneself. I will not talk about that. I want to talk about interior formation.
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    1866
New Years Wishes. To Rejoice in Our Lord.pdf
Today, my dear Daughters, everyone expresses good wishes. It’s a social obligation, a practice of politeness to wish each other a happy new year. Let us follow the same practice, not merely as a custom, but as a family obligation, a law of love in our Lord. We come to wish you a happy new year. We already did so before the Blessed Sacrament, during Holy Mass, where the entire family is reunited on the same paten, where priests, brothers, and sisters all form a small Eucharistic crown. In
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    1866
Obedience To the Law.pdf
Our Lord said: I accomplished the will of my Father (cf. Jn 17:4), and not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will be left unaccomplished by me (cf. Mt 5:18). And our Lord fulfilled all these words, and that consisted obedience: the service of his Father through the law. He obeyed all those who would take the place of his Father, authority is the guardian of the law. How did he do this? You already know, he served his Father by a complete and punctual obedience. With th
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    1862
Means to Recollect the Imagination.pdf
My good Sisters, it’s been such a long since I last came, that I won’t know how to speak to you anymore. First of all, I will preach your retreat starting Sunday, next week. You will have time to prepare yourselves a little. You must ask God’s help, so that both you and I will be well prepared, since a retreat is a very important time of grace. My Sisters, how can we recollect ourselves? When we are very distracted and preoccupied, when our senses are scattered, what must we do to r
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    1861
Method for Examination and Communion.pdf
My Sisters, you must have method in your service of God. Method is very helpful and often necessary. It is to the Christian soul what military regulations are for an army. Strategic regulations certainly double the strength of soldiers; the weak ones are sustained by the strong; the ignorant guided by the wise. If an army in combat allowed each soldier to fight in his own way, it would become a combat of individuals that would come to nothing. However, when a ruling command gives an order,
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    1866
Method of Adoration.pdf
I promised you, my Sisters, to speak about the way to make adoration. You know that the method of prayer, of adoration, accepted by our Society is the method of the Church, that of the holy sacrifice of the Mass, namely, the four ends of the sacrifice. And since the sacrifice requires these four parts, we divide adoration in the same way. At the same time, we use this method for prayer, as preparation for examen, and also for thanksgiving – it is adaptable to all, because it is natural. T
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    1866
On Propitiation.pdf
My Sisters, let us now finish what we started the last time about reparation. Reparation has two parts: to make reparation for the injury done to our Lord. We already dealt with this. There remains the second part: namely, to ask for the grace that sinners need. This is what we properly call propitiation. To make reparation for the injury of sins committed against our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar, is one of your greatest missions on earth at the feet of the Blessed Sacrament,
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    1862
Meditations on Adoration.pdf
My Sisters, adoration is the first and the most perfect of all your duties. What was Mary doing in the Cenacle? She was adoring and that was all she was doing. How was she adoring? We don’t know, since the gospels don’t mention this. But we should imagine and believe that her adoration was as perfect as possible, and that it was more perfect than that of all the angels and saints. All the adorations of the heavenly court were not worth the smallest adoration of Mary.
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    1858
Three Kinds of Recollection.pdf
My Sisters, there are three kinds of recollection. The first recollection, if I dare say it, is the most imperfect: it is recollection through conscience. Let me explain. Our conscience is like the mirror of God in us. Conscience discloses to us the law of God, tells us what is right and what is wrong. God inspires us through our conscience, giving us a sense of the holiness and truth of God, such that recollection is needed to know one’s duty. Then the law is within. This recollection
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    1860
Three Obstacles that Prevent Us from Enjoying.pdf
My Sisters, I think you clearly understood what I was saying yesterday in my instruction . These things come naturally to you. Some people did not understand me, because they would need the habit of piety, the habit of prayer; in other words, they need to know how to think and pray. But, since this is your state, I think that you all understood. However, I will explain a little more. I said that many people don’t enjoy our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament, for three reasons. First,
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    1861
To Recollect Oneself in the Goodness of Our Lord.pdf
Now, my Sisters, be recollected; develop the habit of recollection, of living in our Lord, as I told you, because as long as you have not done this, you will be useless. You will not enter into God, into his love; you will be affected by all the vicissitudes of the times. You will not be at peace, but on a troubled sea agitated by stormy winds. If you remain with our Lord, if you sit at his feet (cf. Lk 10:39), you will understand the depths of his truth, become instructed in his truth and lo
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    1860
We Must Begin Our Adoration Well.pdf
In our last instruction, we mentioned how to make adoration when already in a moment of fervor; but in general the problem with our meditations, with our adorations, is the very beginning. If we begin well, the rest will follow. I know that human weakness can arise, but we continue the way we had begun. The essential thing is to begin our work well, energetically from the first. If we begin badly, in a lukewarm way, there is much to fear that we’ll have a hard time to return to where we sh
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    1861
What Is the Society and What We Owe It.docx
There will be no spiritual direction on the day of the retreat; it is too short and wrong timing. You cannot talk about your retreat in direction, since it is not finished. On that day, the professed should meet their superior, and the novices, their novice mistress, for guidance. I will see you the following day. Then you can report on all that was said to you, and what we dealt with. Then I will give you direction. Come in the morning, the best time, but don’t come all together as you w
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    1860
You Come from God. The Work of Adoration is Everything.pdf
We have to pray a lot for the First Communion children. Right after the Assumption, I will send you three little girls who are already prepared. You should begin your apostolate. The children who make their First Communion need us to pray for them out of charity. We will begin their retreat. In the world there are some rough souls, but the Good Lord gives them his grace. They benefit from it, as he gives them a grace of holiness.
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    1860
The Recollection of Study. of Contemplation. of Attention. Center.pdf
Now, my Sisters, let us return to recollection. We said that recollection is a science, a virtue, and a gift or grace. We must return to it a little, so that I can complete my thoughts on it. As a science, recollection comes through a learning process, and through practice. It is a natural act and is done like any natural act. It consists in giving attention which is more or less sustained, on a thought, a truth. One can work on recollection. When it has the characteristic of study, the
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    1859
The Purity of Love.pdf
God loves you with an infinite, perpetual, and eternal love, that is my hope, since he has given you sufficient signs of that love. Now, you should want to love him as much as you can. In order to love the Good Lord well, my Sisters, you must be pure and not offend him. You must avoid everything that displeases him, that’s the one and only proof that you love the Good Lord. To love him perfectly, you must give yourself in religious life. Try to be good religious. If you want to strive ev
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    1866
The Recollection of Love.pdf
Let’s return to our subject: the more we talk about recollection, the more we see how necessary it is for the interior life; it’s everything. Before leading a soul to a life of recollection, an important preparation takes place. Our Lord has to dispose a soul, because everything is so veiled and mysterious that a preparatory disposition is needed. One might reflect: Why was I not directed immediately to recollection? Because you were not ready; it was not time yet. The spouse in the Son
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    1859
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin.pdf
The most Blessed Virgin presented herself to the service of God at the age of three. She consecrated herself to the service of God totally, without condition, and, thirdly, she remained in the Temple like a pure host. Since the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin is celebrated the day after tomorrow, we shall talk about this beautiful feast.
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    1862

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