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Date Posted: 13:30
Author: ketch - 4 Nov 2001
Subject: Remembrance of God

Madame,
I am truly sorry for you. If you could leave the management of your affairs to Monsieur and Madame N, and give yourself entirely to prayer to God, you would begin a revolution. He does not ask much of us – an occasional remembrance, a small act of worship, now to beg His grace, at times to offer Him our distresses, at another time to render thanks for the favours He has given, and which He gives in the midst of our labours, to find consolation with Him as often as you can. At table and in the midst of conversation, lift your heart at times towards Him. The smallest remembrance will always please Him. It is not needful at such times to cry out loud. He is nearer to us than we think.

It is not needful always to be in church to be with God. We can make a chapel of our heart, to which we can from time to time withdraw to have gentle, humble, loving communion with Him. Everyone is able to have these familiar conversations with God, some more some less – He knows our capabilities.
Let us make a start. Perhaps He only waits for us to make one whole-hearted resolve. Courage! We have but a short time to live. You are almost sixty-four years of age. As for me, I am almost eighty. Let us live and die with God. Sufferings will be sweet and pleasant to us when we are with Him, and without Him the greatest pleasures will be only cruel torture. May He be blessed in all. Amen.

Grow accustomed, then, little by little thus to worship Him, to ask for His grace, to offer Him your heart from time to time in the course of the day, amid your labours, at any time you can. Do not fetter yourself by rules or special forms of worship. Act in faith, with love, and with humility. You can assure Monsieur and Madame De N and Mademoiselle N of my poor prayers. I am their servant and yours in Our Lord,

Brother etc.


Letter 4 of Brother Lawrence – circa 1690

From “The Practice of the Presence of God”
© E. M. Blaiklock


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