To recollect oneself means to turn from the outward to the inward life. The first stage of recollection is the attentiveness to the voice of duty, to the law of God. What is commanded, what is forbidden by the law? Is this or that thought, desire, or action in accordance with the divine law? The recollected conscience asks itself these questions, and its answer is our guide. This recollection in the law is easy, because the least transgression is followed by torment and trouble of spirit, as our conscience cries out,' You have done wrong'. Be attentive to its first warning. Bind the law of the Lord on your arm and let it be ever before your eyes and your heart.
-- St. Peter Eymard"