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I must, in a little time, go to God.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 11th Letter)

Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection Quote: God has many ways of drawing us...
God has many ways of drawing us to Himself.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 12th Letter)
You need not cry very loud; He (God) is nearer to us than we are aware of.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 7th Letter)
God knoweth best what is needful for us, and all that He does is for our good.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 15th Letter)

Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection Quote: The greater perfection a soul aspires after, the more dependant...
The greater perfection a soul aspires after, the more dependent it is upon Divine Grace.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 4th Conversation)
I did not pray for any relief, but I prayed for strength to suffer with courage, humility, and love.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 14th Letter)
Comfort yourself with Him who holds you fastened to the cross: He will loose you when He thinks fit.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 11th Letter)
There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with GOD.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 5th Letter)
We ought to propose to ourselves is to become, in this life, the most perfect worshippers of GOD we can possibly be, as we hope to be through all eternity.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 4th Conversation)
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.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 4th Conversation)
He never forsakes us, till we have first forsaken Him. Let us fear to leave Him. Let us be always with Him. Let us live and die in His presence. Do you pray for me, as I for you.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 12th Letter)
I know not how GOD will dispose of me: I am always happy: all the world suffer; and I, who deserve the severest discipline, feel joys so continual, and so great, that I can scarce contain them.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 12th Letter)
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.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 15th Letter)
One way to re-collect the mind easily in the time of prayer, and preserve it more in tranquillity, is not to let it wander too far at other times: you should keep it strictly in the presence of GOD; and being accustomed to think of Him often, you will find it easy to keep your mind calm in the time of prayer, or at least to recall it from its wanderings.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 8th Letter)
There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with GOD: those only can comprehend it who practise and experience it; yet I do not advise you to do it from that motive; it is not pleasure which we ought to seek in this exercise; but let us do it from a principle of love, and because GOD would have us.
    Were I a preacher, I should above all other things preach the practice of the presence of GOD; and were I a director, I should advise all the world to do it: so necessary do I think it, and so easy too.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 5th Letter)
I did not pray for any relief, but I prayed for strength to suffer with courage, humility, and love. Ah, how sweet is it to suffer with GOD! however great the sufferings may be, receive them with love. 'Tis paradise to suffer and be with Him; so that if in this life we would enjoy the peace of paradise, we must accustom ourselves to a familiar, humble, affectionate conversation with Him: we must hinder our spirits wandering from Him upon any occasion: we must make our heart a spiritual temple, wherein to adore Him incessantly: we must watch continually over ourselves, that we may not do, nor say, nor think anything that may displease Him. When our minds are thus employed about GOD, suffering will become full of unction and consolation.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 14th Letter)
You tell me nothing new: you are not the only one that is troubled with wandering thoughts. Our mind is extremely roving; but as the will is mistress of all our faculties, she must recall them, and carry them to GOD, as their last end.
    When the mind, for want of being sufficiently reduced by recollection, at our first engaging in devotion, has contracted certain bad habits of wandering and dissipation, they are difficult to overcome, and commonly draw us, even against our wills, to the things of the earth.
    I believe one remedy for this is, to confess our faults, and to humble ourselves before GOD. I do not advise you to use multiplicity of words in prayer; many words and long discourses being often the occasions of wandering: hold yourself in prayer before GOD, like a dumb or paralytic beggar at a rich man’s gate: let it be your business to keep your mind in the presence of the LORD. If it sometimes wander, and withdraw itself from Him, do not much disquiet yourself for that; trouble and disquiet serve rather to distract the mind, than to re-collect it; the will must bring it back in tranquillity; if you persevere in this manner, GOD will have pity on you.
Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God - 8th Letter)
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Brother Lawrence Biography
Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection portrait

Born: 1614
Died: 1691

Brother Lawrence, born Nicolas Herman was a influential French Christian laybrother and mystic. He is best known for his spiritual teachings which were recorded in the text 'The Practice of the Presence of God.'


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The Practice of the Presence of God. (17th century)


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