The Inner Unity of Mary Magdalene
A soul that debates with its self, that is taken up with its feelings, and pursues useless thoughts and desires, scatters its forces, for it is not wholly directed toward God. Its lyre does not vibrate in unison, and when the Master plays it, he cannot draw from it divine harmonies, for it is still too human and discordant. The soul that still keeps something for self in its “inner kingdom,” whose powers are not “enclosed” in God, cannot be a perfect praise of glory; it is not fit to sing uninterruptedly this canticum magnum of which Saint Paul speaks, since unity does not reign in it. Instead of persevering in praise through everything in simplicity, it must continually adjust the strings of its instrument, which are all a little out of tune.
How indispensable this beautiful inner unity is for the soul that wants to live here below the life of the blessed, that is, of simple beings, of spirits. It seems to me the Master had that in mind when he spoke to Mary Magdalene of the Unum necassarium. How well that great saint understood this! “The eye of her soul enlightened by faith” recognized her God beneath the veil of his humanity; and in silence, in the unity of her powers, “she listened to what he told her.” She could sing, “My soul is always in my hands,” and also this little word: Nescivi. Yes, she knew nothing but him! There could be noise and excitement around her: Nescivi! They could accuse her: Nescivi! Neither empty self-esteem nor exterior things could draw her out of her “sacred silence.”
–St. Elizabeth of the Trinity