Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
~ GK Chesterton

Monday, March 24, 2014

More Br. Lawrence

Continuing with the thoughts from Brother Lawrence, as written last week.

9.  During our work and other activities, even during our reading and writing, no matter how spiritual – and, I emphasize, even during our religious exercises and vocal prayers – we must stop for a moment, as often as possible, to adore God in the depths of our hearts, to savor him, even though in passing and stealthily.  Since you are aware that God is present to you during your actions, that he is in the depths and center of your heart, stop your activities and even your vocal prayers, at least from time to time, to adore him within, to praise him, to ask his help, to offer him your heart, and to thank him.  Nothing is more pleasing to God than to turn away from all creatures many times throughout the day to withdraw and adore him present within.  Moreover, this turning inward imperceptibly destroys the self-love found only among creatures.  In the end, we can offer God no greater evidence of our fidelity than by frequently renouncing and scorning creatures in order to enjoy their Creator for a moment.  I do not mean by this that you must withdraw forever from your duties, for that you be impossible; prudence, the mother of all virtues, must be your guide.  I do say, nonetheless, that it is a typical error among the spiritually minded not to withdraw from what is external from time to time to adore God within themselves and enjoy his diving presence in peace for a few moments.

He's not the first religious to write on the idea of practicing a continual awareness of the presence of God, but there's something about the way he does it that is so . . . . gentle? humble? accessible?  Maybe a combination of all those things.

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