CHAPTER IV. The Third Point of Preparation, representing the Mystery to be meditated to Your Imagination.
FOLLOWING upon these two ordinary points, there ere is a third, which is not necessary to all meditation, called by some the
local representation, and by others the interior picture. It is simply kindling a vivid picture of the mystery to be meditated
within your imagination, even as though you were actually beholding it. For instance, if you wish to meditate upon our Lord
on His Cross, you will place yourself in imagination on Mount Calvary, as though you saw and heard
all that occurred there during the Passion; or you can imagine to yourself all that the Evangelists describe as taking place
where you are. In the same way, when you meditate upon death, bring the circumstances that will attend your own vividly to
mind, and so of hell, or any subjects which involve visible, tangible circumstances. When it is a question of such mysteries
as God’s Greatness, His Attributes, the end of our creation, or other invisible things, you cannot make this use of your
imagination. At most you may employ certain comparisons and similitudes, but these are not always opportune, and I would have
you follow a very simple method, and not weary your mind with striving after new inventions. Still, often this use of the imagination tends to concentrate
the mind on the mystery we wish to meditate, and to prevent our thoughts from wandering hither and thither, just as when you
shut a bird within a cage, or fasten a hawk by its lures. Some people will tell
you that it is better to confine yourself to mere abstract thought, and a simple mental and spiritual consideration of these
mysteries, but this is too difficult for beginners; and until God calls you up higher, I would advise you, my daughter, to
abide contentedly in the lowly valley I have pointed out.