Thomas á Kempis once wrote:
The kingdom of God is within you, says the Lord. If you turn to the Lord with your whole heart and forsake this wretched world, your soul will find rest. Learn to despise everything outside you and give yourself to the inner life, and you will see the kingdom of God coming within you. The kingdom of God is living peacefully and joyfully in the Holy Spirit, and this is not granted to the wicked. Christ will come and offer you His consolation if you will only prepare a suitable dwelling place within you.
Christ’s glory and beauty are interiorly experienced and it is within you that He delights to be. He frequently visits the man who loves the interior life. He gently speaks to him, lovingly comforts him, gives him deep peace, and shares an intimacy beyond words.
Love has been said to be the greatest of all virtues (1 Cor. 13:13), the greatest of the commandments (Mt. 22:36-37) and even the very nature of God (1 Jn. 4:16). Furthermore, God infuses love in us (as creatures) and thus we have “a foretaste of his glory.”
Paul in his letter to the Romans has even said that Christ “out of love died for us while we were still enemies” (Rom. 5:10). So it is! Christ has died for us. As the Cathechism of the Catholic Church states, “The Lord asks us to love as he does” (CCC 1825). It is within this love that we have true freedom. That is, we are not slaves, “in servile fear, or as a mercenary looking for wages” (CCC 1828), but we are rather like a son who responds to the love of him who first loved us (1 Jn. 4:19).
Faithful soul, prepare your heart for its spouse that He may come and dwell within you. He says: “If a man loves Me, he will keep My word… and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” Make room for Christ and deny entrance to everything else. When you have Christ within you, you are rich and Christ is all you need…
We ought not to place great trust in man; they are, after all, mortal and all too frail - though at times we find them helpful and dear to us. Nor should we be overly disturbed if they sometimes disagree with us or even act against us. Today our friends, tomorrow our enemies, and vice versa. Men are as changeable as the wind!