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Prayer Heroes: Brother Lawrence

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Brother Lawrence

(1611-1691)

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Have you received Christ as your Lord and Saviour?

Find out how to do so on our page:

Plan of Salvation _______________

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Tell others about Jesus like Brother Lawrence did:

Though not all Christians are called to full-time Ministry, we are all called by God to share our faith (witness) with those who are not Christians.  Some Bible verses that you will find helpful for doing this, and that you may want to commit to memory are found on other pages on our  web site (see: Memory Verses; 2nd Set: Salvation!, Plan of Salvation, and Statement of Faith). _________________

"...that in difficulties we need only have recourse to Jesus Christ, and beg His grace, with which everything became easy."

(from the Third Conversation: "The Practice of the Presence of God" _________________

"...his sense of inner peace was so profound that other individuals were drawn to him for spiritual direction."

    Brother Lawrence was a French monk (Carmelite) who lived from 1611 to 1691. 

    Prior to becoming a monk he was known as Nicholas Herman of Lorraine. Like St. Francis, as a young man he was a soldier, but after becoming a monk he lived a quiet life performing various domestic chores for his monastery.    

   When talking to individuals, Brother Lawrence shared information about his own repeated efforts to keep his attention riveted on God no matter what business was occupying him. He reports that eventually this continual recollection of God became effortless and filled him with peace and joy. _________________________________

His Conversion Experience

"The first time I saw Brother Lawrence was upon the 3rd of August, 1666.  He told me that God had done him a singular favour, in his conversion at the age of eighteen.  That in the winter, seeing a tree stripped of its leaves, and considering that within a little time, the leaves would be renewed, and after that the flowers and fruit appear, he received a high view of the Providence and Power of God, which has never since been effaced from his soul.  That this view had perfectly set him loose from the world, and kindled in him such a love for God, that he could not tell whether it had increased in above forty years that he had lived since." _________________________________

 

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...he had desired to be received into a monastery...

 "He had been footman to M. Fieubert, the treasurer, and that he was a great awkward fellow who broke everything.  That he had desired to be received into a monastery, thinking that he would there be made to smart for his awkwardness and the faults he should commit, and so he should sacrifice to God his life, with its pleasures: but that God had disappointed him, he having met with nothing but satisfaction in that state."

(-from the compiler of "The Practice of the Presence of God") ______________________________

"pray without ceasing"

Brother Lawrence continually 'practiced the presence of God' while working with the pots and pans in his monastery's kitchen. He shows us a way to 'pray without ceasing' while performing our routine daily required tasks.   

-The Prayer Foundation ______________________________

Related Pages:

Favorite Monks: Brother Lawrence

Book Review: The Practice of the Presence of God

Practice of the Presence of God (Text Index)

Prayer Heroes (Index) ______________________________

See Also:

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