Prayer Tips: Brother Lawrence 

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[Back]3 "Prayer Tips" from Brother Lawrence:

Silverball1. Our Only Business is to Love and Delight Ourselves in God. 

Silverball2. That All Bodily Mortifications and Other Exercises are Useless, but as They Serve to Arrive at the Union with God by Love.

Silverball3. We Ought, Without Anxiety, to Expect the Pardon of Our Sins from the Blood of Jesus Christ, Only Endeavouring to love Him With all our Hearts.      _________________________________________

Silverball1. Our Only Business is to Love and Delight Ourselves in God. 

     ...with him (Brother Lawrence) the set times of prayer were not different from other times...because his greatest business did not divert him from God.

    ...knowing only by the light of faith that God was present, he contented himself with directing all his actions to Him, i.e., doing them with a desire to please Him, let what would come of it.

...he could never regulate his devotion by certain methods as some do.

     That useless thoughts spoil all: that the mischief began there; but that we ought to reject them, as soon as we perceived their impertinence to the matter in hand, or our salvation; and return to our communion with God.

     That at the beginning he had often passed his time appointed for prayer, in rejecting wandering thoughts, and falling back into them.  That he could never regulate his devotion by certain methods as some do.  That nevertheless, at first he had meditated for some time, but afterwards that went off, in a manner that he could give no account of.

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Silverball2. That All Bodily Mortifications and Other Exercises are Useless, but as They Serve to Arrive at the Union with God by Love.

     That all bodily mortifications and other exercises are useless, but as they serve to arrive at the union with God by love; that he had well considered this, and found it the shortest way to go straight to Him by a continual exercise of love, and doing all things for His sake.

     That we ought to make a great difference between the acts of the understanding and those of the will; that the first were comparatively of little value, and the others all.

 That our only business was to love and delight ourselves in God.

     That all possible kinds of mortification, if they were void of the love of God, could not efface a single sin.  That we ought, without anxiety, to expect the pardon of our sins from the Blood of Jesus Christ, only endeavouring to love Him with all our hearts.  That God seemed to have granted the greatest favours to the greatest sinners, as more signal monuments of His mercy.

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Silverball3. We Ought, Without Anxiety, to Expect the Pardon of Our Sins from the Blood of Jesus Christ, Only Endeavouring to love Him With all our Hearts.   

     That the greatest pains or pleasures, of this world, were not to be compared with what he had experienced of both kinds in a spiritual state: so that he was careful for nothing and feared nothing, desiring but one only thing of God, viz., that he might not offend Him.

     That he had no scruples; for, said he, when I fail in my duty, I readily acknowledge it, saying, I am used to do so: I shall never do otherwise, if I am left to myself.  If I fail not, then I give God thanks, acknowledging that it comes from Him.

(-excerpts from The Practice of the Presence of God, Second Conversation with Brother Lawrence

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Brother Lawrence

(1611-1691)

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    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.  ____________