“Lord, let me know myself, and let me know You.”
Interiority is a significant aspect of Augustinian spirituality.
“I searched for you outside myself, while all along you were within me. You were in me, but I was not in You…Being admonished to return to myself, O Lord, I entered my own depths with you as my guide, and I was able to do it because you were my helper.” (Confessions)
For Saint Augustine, our search for God, our encounter with God, is an interior dynamic, a work and discovery of the human heart.
The path of this interior journey is discovered through silence and solitude. Both solitude and exterior silence enable us to recognize the “noises” of our heart and the “busy-ness” of our mind. In interior prayer we learn to gently lay aside these obstacles to loving oneness with God.
The contemplative journey requires the lifelong task of growing in self-knowledge which, in turn, leads to ever deepening conversion as we avail ourselves more and more the mystery of God’s love and working within our heart.
Our observance of exterior silence allows an inner silence to reveal itself. This inner journey is not a psychological exercise, but a spiritual movement requiring an ever-deepening attentiveness to the Spirit of God and an inner silence opening us to the presence and encounter with the Divine.
“Do not go outside yourself, but enter into yourself, for truth dwells in the interior self.”