Sometimes I considered myself before Him as a poor criminal at the feet of his judge.
At other times I beheld Him in my heart as my Father, as my God. I worshipped Him the oftenest I could, keeping my mind in His holy presence and recalling it as often as I found it wandered from Him.
I made this my business, not only at the appointed times of prayer but all the time; every hour, every minute, even in the height of my work, I drove from my mind everything that interrupted my thoughts of God. Brother Lawrence never advanced beyond being the cook at the Paris monastery, but he developed the unique gift of being able to pray incessantly with God throughout the entire day and regardless of whatever else he was doing. This unique gift produced such a spiritual change in Brother Lawrence that many people sought him out to learn how to practice the presence of God themselves.
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Popular Articles. This kind of awareness is what St. Being in the presence of God is simply living in union with Christ. This is one of the major goals of the spiritual life.
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Each uses something to trigger you to remember: God is present right now! Then pause for a second and say a brief prayer. Help me to grow closer to you.
I know some sound corny, but they do help:. Download cover art Download CD case insert. The Practice of the Presence of God is a collection of letters and transcriptions of conversations, compiled by a disciple of Brother Lawrence.
Brother Lawrence was a Carmelite monk and head cook in his monastery's kitchens. He quickly gained an international reputation as a mystic and spiritual counselor. The Practice of the Presence records his last words of advice to his friends and disciples, as he suffered from an unnamed illness which would eventually take his life.
Brother Lawrence's The Practice of the Presence of God
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