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
served as a cook and a cobbler
in the Paris
community of the Discalced Carmelite
He joined the community in 1640,
a brief but failed stint in the
Awkward and simple by nature,
he kept a lowly
place throughout his stay in
until his death in 1691. His
conversations are indicative
of the profound
depth of his experience of God
his spiritual life.
Let us follow in the footsteps
Lawrence, through this garden
of the Presence
of God. Let us recall the promise
Lord made to Moses at the start
of his journey:
"He said, 'My presence will
you, and I will give you rest.'"