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Brother Lawrence Quotes

Quotes taken from Brother Lawrence's Practice of the Presence of God.

You might notice that the quotes are not in the first person.The book is a compilation of letters and conversations he had with others throughout his life and ministry. The conversations in the book were written by those who had dialogue with Brother Lawrence.

Brother Lawrence

That he had so often experienced the ready succors of divine grace upon all occasions, that from the same experience, when he had business to do, he did not think of it beforehand; but when it was time to do it, he found in God, a sin a clear mirror, all that was fit for him to do.

That perfect resignation to God was a sure way to heaven, a way in which he had always sufficient light for our conduct.

That in the beginning of the spiritual life we ought to be faithful in doing our duty and denying ourselves; but after that, unspeakable pleasures followed.  That in difficulties we need only have recourse to Jesus Christ, and beg His grace; with that everything became easy. 

That we might accustom ourselves to a continual conversation with Him, with freedom and simplicity. That we need only to recognize God intimately present with us, to address ourselves to Him every moment, that we may beg His assistance for knowing His will in things doubtful, and for rightly performing those which we plainly see He requires of us, offering them to Him before we do them, and giving Him thanks when we have done.

That in this conversation with God we are also employed in praising, adoring and loving Him incessantly, for His infinite goodness and perfection.

Pray for His grace with a perfect confidence.

That the end 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.

That we should establish ourselves in a sense of God's presence by continually conversing with Him. That it was a shameful thing to quit His conversation to think of trifles and fooleries.

That there needed fidelity in those drynesses or insensibilities and irksomenesses in prayer by which God tries our love to Him; that then was the time for us to make good and effectual acts of resignation whereof one alone would oftentimes very much promote our spiritual advancements.

That in order to form a habit of conversing with God continually, and referring all we do to Him, we must first apply to Him with some diligence; but that after a little care we should find His love inwardly excite us to it without any difficulty.

He would pray for "the misery and sins in the world", but knowing that God could remedy the mischiefs they did when He pleased, he gave himself to no further trouble.

That when he had failed in his duty, he only confesed his fault... That after this he gave himself no further uneasiness about it.

That there needed neither art nor science for going to God, but only a heart resolutely determined to apply itself to nothing but Him, or for His sake, and to love Him only.