St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) wrote in the ‘Way of Perfection’ in 1567, “Our Father who art in heaven.” Do you suppose it is of little consequence whether or not you know what heaven is, and where you must seek your most holy Father? You know that God is everywhere, which is most true. Now, the place in which the King dwells is called his court; so wherever God dwells, there is heaven, and you may feel sure that all that is glorious is near His Majesty.
Remember what St. Augustine tells us…I think it comes in his Meditations: how he sought God in many places and at last found the Almighty within himself. It is of no slight importance for a soul given to wandering thoughts to realize this truth, and to see that it has no need to go to heaven in order to speak to the eternal Father or to enjoy His company. We are not forced to take wings to find Him, but have only to seek solitude and to look within ourselves. You need not be overwhelmed with confusion before so kind a Guest, but with utter humility, talk to Him as to your Father: ask for what you want as from a father: tell Him your sorrows and beg Him for relief.”
“The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” Jesus