Challoner’s Reflection on The Imitation of Christ
BOOK THREE: INTERNAL CONSULTATION
CHAPTER II.: Truth Speaks Inwardly Without the Sound of Words
There is a voice which speaks to us interiorly and as if in the depths of our souls, when closing our ears to the noise of creatures, we wish to listen to God alone, and call Him to us with all the ardour of our desires. It was this voice which far from men, ravished the Pauls, the Antonys, the Pacomes, in the desert, and revealed to them in their obscurity the secrets of Divine Wisdom: It is this voice which instructs the saints, inflames them- consoles them, and inebriates them, so to speak, with its celestial sweetness. Moses and the prophets were covered with a veil for the disciples of Emmaus: Jesus comes, and the shadows which obscure their intelligence are dissipated ) something unknown is stirred up within them, so that they said one to the other: Was not our heart burning within us, whilst He spoke in the way, and opened to us the Scriptures? (Luke, xxiv., 32′. And we, poor unfortunates whom the tumult of the world still distracts, what shall we do? Do we not wish also to listen to Jesus? Let us hasten to summon to us the divine guide, and let us say with our whole soul: Lord, stay with us, because it is towards evening, and the day is now far spent (Luke, 24:29).
O my God, I beseech Thee to supply my deficiencies, by speaking to me, by enlightening my mind, by touching my heart, by granting me the grace to hear thy divine word; to relish, to love, and to put it in practice, that so it may not draw down on me a more severe condemnation, but may become to me a word of eternal life. Amen.