Do not hope to be without distraction during your meditation;
that is impossible.
Try, however, to profit by them,
by bearing them with humble patience,
undiscouraged by their number
Anxiety about our distractions
is the most dangerous of distractions.
It is above all in the heart that we meditate;
a sincere and persevering will to do so
is a meditation in itself,
and entirely involuntary distractions
in no way interrupt the tendency
of the will towards God.
When you become aware of them
you have only to put them from you quite simply,
and turning towards God again,
resume your subject.
Do not lose courage,
then, in meditation,
although it seems dry,
profitless and interrupted
by constant distractions.
Accept the weariness patiently for God’s sake;
go forward without stopping;
you will not fail to make progress,
and your time will not be lost,
if you come forth more humble.
by subjecting the mind to this holy exercise,
you will insensibly acquire a facility in it,
so that, later on,
you will find a pleasure in the devotion
which now constrains and fatigues you.
(L S 1905)