There are three signs of inner recollection:
- a lack of satisfaction in passing things;
- a liking for solitude and silence, and an attentiveness to all that is more perfect; and,
- the considerations, meditations, and acts that formerly helped the soul now hinder it, and it brings to prayer no other support than faith, hope, and love.
Saint John of the Cross
Sayings of Light and Love, 119
John of the Cross, St. 1991, The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, Revised Edition, translated from the Spanish by Kavanaugh, K and Rodriguez, O with revisions and introductions by Kavanaugh, K, ICS Publications, Washington DC.