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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 [concentrate on] God and Divine things. It is the same as interior solitude in which the soul is alone with God.

More simply put, it is "...the practice of the presence of God, the frequent turning inward to adore Him, and the clinging to Him and His love". "It calls for considerable mental discipline to avoid dissipation of mind [distractions], but is required of all who aspire after Christian perfection." "Stay quiet with God. Do not spend your time in useless chatter".

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