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The Practice of the Presence of God

Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection

Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (1614-1691)

New Translation and Adaptation in English From The 17th Century French Manuscript 

 

 

Faith & Well-Being

The Practice of the Presence of God

Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection

Translator's Preface


"We do not always have to be in church to be with God. We can create a sanctuary in our heart, where we can retire from time to time to converse with HIm." Brother Lawrence

"Theologians may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language." Meister Eckhart

 

Tap into God's loving presence

Discover from Brother Lawrence how to be in God's loving presence with spiritual simplicity, purity, and without rules or methods. Learn about his silent, intimate conversation with God and how he acquired the habit of the Presence of God.

This is the Playlist you will want to play on repeat, reflect upon and share with the people you care about.

The Practice of the Presence of God encompasses four Conversations with Brother Lawrence captured by his friend Father Joseph de Beaufort, a manuscript titled "Spiritual Maxims" found by his fellow Carmelite monks in Lawrence's room immediately after his death, and a collection of sixteen paradigm-shifting letters written with intense fervor and compassion for our human struggles.

In listening to this unparalleled 3D-audio production, you will engage in a one-of-a-kind spiritual journey that has impacted millions across the world throughout centuries, transcending denominational and theological differences. Brother Lawrence's timeless teaching and more relevant than ever wisdom still guide people of all ages today.

About Brother Lawrence 

Brother Lawrence (1614-1691) served as a lay brother in a Carmelite monastery in the heart of the city of Paris, located 21, rue D'Assas in the 6th arrondissement.

In reality, we know very little about his childhood and family.

We do know that he was born Nicolas Herman in 1614, in Hériménil, in the region of Lorraine (a predominantly rural region in northeast France bordering Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany).

His mother and father took particular care of his religious education. His uncle, Jean Majeur, was a Holy Discalced Carmelite.

The historical context of unrest. Does that sound familiar?

The seventeenth century in France was called the "Great Century" (Grand Siècle), known for its international expansion and cultural significance. Still, at the same time, it was a period of political, financial, economic, religious, and social crises, dominated by power struggles, vanity, corruption, and perpetual unrest.

Nicolas Herman (Brother Lawrence) fought in the Thirty Years' War and, following an injury, left the army and served as the footman of M. de Fieubet. At twenty-six, he entered the Order of Discalced Carmelites as a lay brother and took the religious name, "Lawrence of the Resurrection."

Cooking, cleaning, and repairing sandals with God

As a Discalced Carmelite monk, Brother Lawrence had many duties to perform. His primary assignments by his superiors were focused on manual labor. He worked in the kitchen for 15 years and, in his later years, repaired sandals for the 200 lay brothers of his community. Yet, he knew how to continuously be in the presence of God, incorporating the balance of contemplation and action, deep spirituality and busy work.

He was making omelets, fixing sandals, accomplishing every task, big or small, trivial or essential, for the pure love of God.

Looking for inner peace and joy? Forget about self-help books.

Brother Lawrence was seen as a Mystic devoting himself to the practice of mental prayer. When a friar told him that there were talks about dismissing him from the monastery, his reply was, "I'm in the hands of God, and He can do with me what he wants. I don't act out of human respect, and if I cannot serve God here, I will serve him somewhere else." Eventually, his love for God made him a model for the other monks.

He was known for his humility, gratitude, compassion, kindness, patience, and joyful spirit. Father Joseph de Beaufort said that "the more closely you looked, the more you discovered in Lawrence a level of righteousness and devotion rarely found elsewhere." He was trying to live a secluded life; nevertheless, many visitors often consulted him (including François Fénelon, French Catholic archbishop, theologian, poet, and writer) and were intrigued by his secret of interior life and the purity of his love of God.

 Waste no time. Really.

Brother Lawrence died at the Carmelite monastery in Paris on February 12, 1691, at the age of seventy-seven. A few days before his death, he said to his physician, "Doctor, your remedies have worked too well for me. You have only delayed my happiness."

The Practice of the Presence of God is available to everyone who seeks to live in God's Presence and His goodness. In Brother Lawrence's words, "Believe me and count as lost each day not dedicated to loving God."

Turn your headphones into a place of peace, love, and happiness while relieving angst, and who knows, a Carmelite monk from the 17th century may change your life forever. He did for me.

Blessings, Stephan Mardyks

 

Practice the Presence of God. The Soundtrack. Inspired by Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection and Meister Eckhart.

 

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