Brother Lawrence

Brother Lawrence was a poor lay brother in a Paris monastery. He worked in the kitchen and fixed sandals, yet he became famous in his smallness. People were attracted to him because of his character. He didn’t even write the book credited to him. Someone else gathered up the information after his death and prepared ‘The Practice of the Presence of God.’ He died in 1691, yet his life lives on, because he lived in God’s presence.

Here are some examples from the book

“We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.”

 That all things are possible to him who believes, that they are less difficult to him who hopes, they are more easy to him who loves, and still more easy to him who perseveres in the practice of these three virtues.”

 Think often on God, by day, by night, in your business and even in your diversions. He is always near you and with you; leave him not alone.”

 The difficulties of life do not have to be unbearable. It is the way we look at them – through faith or unbelief – that makes them seem so. We must be convinced that our Father is full of love for us and that He only permits trial to come our way for our own good.”

Will we dare to live so that others see God in us?

Prayer- father God, give us the courage to live up to our beliefs and believe with courage. Amen.

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