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Brother Lawrence said that “the actions of the understanding are very different from those of the will, for the former amounted to little, while the latter were everything. Only loving and rejoicing with God truly matter.” Brother Lawrence elevates a heart that chooses to love God supremely over a mind that seeks understanding. We may not find the same dichotomy between our will and our understanding. We can love God with all our heart and our mind. Yet without the action of our

In learning how to pray, Brother Lawrence had to find his own way. “He was never able to pray by rules like others; he would meditate for a while in the beginning but afterward he did not know how it went, and it would be impossible for him to explain it.” Brother Lawrence tried to follow the various rules of prayer from great Christians, and they didn’t work for him. He strained his brain meditating on Bible passages, and found himself confused,

In learning how to pray, Brother Lawrence had to find his own way. “He was never able to pray by rules like others; he would meditate for a while in the beginning but afterward he did not know how it went, and it would be impossible for him to explain it.” Brother Lawrence tried to follow the various rules of prayer from great Christians, and they didn’t work for him. He strained his brain meditating on Bible passages, and found himself confused,

In learning to pray, Brother Lawrence had to learn how to deal with distractions. “In the beginning he had often spent the whole period of prayer fighting off thoughts and falling into them again.” When we pray, we also discover that our mind wanders. We try to stay on track, but sometimes our thoughts drift to a recent conversation or some fun activity or our next meal. Our minds can be bombarded with things to do, people to see, projects to complete. It

Sometimes Brother Lawrence makes some bold statements that we need to clarify. He said that “thoughts spoil everything; that’s how trouble starts! We must be careful to reject them as soon as we notice that they have nothing to do with our present occupation or our salvation, and begin again our conversation with God, which is where our good is found.” For him logical reasoning and theological thinking disturbed his prayer life! He found them a distraction in bringing him closer to

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