Practicing In His Presence

Meditations on Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection's
"The Practice of the Presence of God"

Through many generations, across many genres of Christianity, The Practice of the Presence of God has inspired many to follow in the footsteps of Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, OCD. The practical and broad appeal of his teaching provides a solid foundation on which to build a fruitful spiritual life which flows from a font of continuous prayer.

Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (1611-1691) served as a cook and a cobbler in the Paris community of the Discalced Carmelite friars. He joined the community in 1640, following a brief but failed stint in the French military. Awkward and simple by nature, he kept a lowly place throughout his stay in the monastery until his death in 1691. His letters and conversations are indicative of the profound depth of his experience of God throughout his spiritual life.

Let us follow in the footsteps of Brother Lawrence, through this garden of the Presence of God. Let us recall the promise which the Lord made to Moses at the start of his journey: "He said, 'My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'" (1)

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Writings and Conversations on the Practice of the Presence of God

older translation (public domain):
The Practice of the Presence of God: The Best Rule For Holy Life
1. First Meditation
2. Second Meditation
3. Third Meditation
4. Fourth Meditation
5. Fifth Meditation
6. Sixth Meditation
7. Seventh Meditation
8. Eighth Meditation
9. Ninth Meditation
10. Tenth Meditation
11. Eleventh Meditation
12. Twelfth Meditation
13. Thirteenth Meditation
14. Fourteenth Meditation
15. Fifteenth Meditation

1. 2. Exodus 33:14

(c) Paul Buis, 2004