A Quiet Mind Before God

St. Teresa of Avila, in her book The Interior Castle, writes,

“Meanwhile the will, entirely united to God, is much disturbed by the tumult of the thoughts : no notice, however, should be taken of them, or they would cause the loss of a great part of the favour the soul is enjoying.  Let the spirit ignore these distractions and abandon itself in the arms of divine love: His majesty will teach it how best to act, which chiefly consists in its recognizing its unworthiness of so great a good and occupying itself in thanking Him for it.” (64) 

When we enter into quiet prayer, our minds and will often dart in numerous directions. We should practice on ignoring these thoughts and continue to fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith.  We do well to focus our hearts ablaze on his loving embrace while recognizing our unworthiness of so great a love. As a result, we occupy our minds with worshipful gratitude.