Brother Lawrence wrote, “I know that to [live every day in God’s presence] your heart must be empty of all other things because God desires to possess it exclusively, and he cannot possess it exclusively without first emptying it of everything other than himself; neither can he act within it nor do there what he pleases.” Brother Lawrence invites us to let go of the clutter in our lives. When our hearts are filled with other things, we’re not full of
Reflecting on his relationship with God, Brother Lawrence said, “Far from chastising me, this King, full of goodness and mercy, lovingly embraces me, seats me at his table, waits on me himself, gives me the keys to his treasures, and treats me in all things as his favorite; he converses with me and takes delight in me in countless ways, without ever speaking of forgiveness or taking away my previous faults. . . . I see myself . . .
Brother Lawrence said, “I gave up all devotions and prayers that were not required and I devote myself exclusively to remaining always in his holy presence. I keep myself in his presence by simple attentiveness and a general loving awareness of God that I call ‘actual presence of God’ or better, a quiet and secret conversation of the soul with God that is lasting.” Earlier in Brother Lawrence’s Christian pilgrimage, he lived with tremendous anxieties that he wasn’t following all the
Brother Lawrence said that “God . . . has infinite treasures to give us, yet we are satisfied with a bit of perceptible devotion that passes in an instant. . . . We are blind since we bind God’s hand in this way and halt the abundant flow of his graces; yet when God finds a soul penetrated by an intense faith he pours out his graces in abundance. This torrent of his grace, impeded from running its ordinary course,
Brother Lawrence said, that “we must believe that it is advantageous for us and pleasing to God to sacrifice ourselves to him; that it is normal for his divine providence to abandon us to all sorts of trials, miseries and temptations. Once we recognize this, should we be surprised that we experience suffering, temptation, opposition, and contradiction from our neighbor? On the contrary, we must submit to these things and bear them as long as God so wills, just as