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Recollection, as understood in respect to the spiritual life, means attention to the presence of God in the soul. It includes the withdrawal of the mind from external and earthly affairs in order to attend to God and Divine things. It is the same as interior solitude in which the soul is alone with God.
This recollection is twofold:
The first kind of recollection belongs to ascetical devotion and practice. It is necessary for all who wish to attain Christian perfection. Without it, it is most difficult to make progress in virtue. Therefore, it is necessary to observe the means by which it may be acquired. These are:
BELLECIUS, Solid Virtue (Dublin 1879); BLOSIUS, A Book of Spiritual Instruction, tr. WILBERFORCE (London, 1900); POULAIN, The Graces of Interior Prayer (London, 1910).
APA citation. (1911). Recollection. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12676b.htm
MLA citation. "Recollection." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 12. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911. <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12676b.htm>.
Transcription. This article was transcribed for New Advent by Ann M. Bourgeois. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of thy love, send forth thy Spirit and they shall be recollected and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. June 1, 1911. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York.
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