Brother Lawrence

That we need only to recognize GOD intimately present with us, to address ourselves to Him every moment, that we may beg His assistance for knowing His will in things doubtful, and for rightly performing those which we plainly see He requires of us, offering them to Him before we do them, and giving Him thanks when we have done.

“That we need only to recognize GOD intimately present with us, to address ourselves to Him every moment, that we may beg His assistance for … Read More

The sorest afflictions never appear intolerable, but when we see them in the wrong light; when we see them in the hand of God, who dispenses them; when we know that it is our loving Father who abases and distresses us; our sufferings will lose their bitterness and become even a matter of consolation.

“The sorest afflictions never appear intolerable, but when we see them in the wrong light; when we see them in the hand of God, who … Read More

Let all our employment be to know GOD: the more one knows Him, the more one desires to know Him. And as knowledge is commonly the measure of love, the deeper and more extensive our knowledge shall be, the greater will be our love: and if our love of GOD were great, we should love Him equally in pains and pleasures.

“Let all our employment be to know GOD: the more one knows Him, the more one desires to know Him. And as knowledge is commonly … Read More

That his prayer was nothing else but a sense of the presence of GOD, his soul being at that time insensible to everything but Divine love: and that when the appointed times of prayer were past, he found no difference, because he still continued with GOD, praising and blessing Him with all his might, so that he passed his life in continual joy; yet hoped that GOD would give him somewhat to suffer, when he should grow stronger.

“That his prayer was nothing else but a sense of the presence of GOD, his soul being at that time insensible to everything but Divine … Read More

Men invent means and methods of coming at God”s love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love, and it seems like a world of trouble to bring oneself into the consciousness of God”s presence. Yet it might be so simple. Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of him?

“Men invent means and methods of coming at God”s love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love, and it … Read More

How happy we would be if we could find the treasure of which the Gospel speaks; all else would be as nothing. As it is boundless, the more you search for it the greater the riches you will find; let us search unceasingly and let us not stop until we have found it.

“How happy we would be if we could find the treasure of which the Gospel speaks; all else would be as nothing. As it is … Read More

O my God, since thou art with me, and i must now, in obedience to thy commands, apply my mind to these outward things, i beseech thee to grant me the grace to continue in thy presence; and to this end do thou prosper me with thy assistance, receive all my works, and possess all my affections.” (Bro. Lawrence implored His grace and offered to Him all his actions).

“O my God, since thou art with me, and i must now, in obedience to thy commands, apply my mind to these outward things, i … Read More