Practice the Presence

Brother Lawrence served for 60 years as a cook to his fellow Carmelite monks in Paris, where he died in 1691. He endeavored constantly, as he put it, “to walk in His presence.”

Kitchen duty was not a job Brother Lawrence preferred to do. Despite this, he accepted his job humbly, and instead of focusing on his job, he learned to listen attentively to God within him.

He would enter his kitchen praying, “O my God, since Thou art with me, and I must now, in obedience to Thy commands, apply my mind to these outward things, I beseech Thee to grant me the grace to continue in Thy presence.”

Notice that Brother Lawrence “practiced the presence” through God’s enabling, not on his own. He prayed and asked God for “grace to continue.”

God so abundantly answered his prayer that he later wrote, “The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer. And in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.”

Thank You, Jesus, for teaching me that the Christ-life is lived by attentiveness to the Holy Spirit..

"My eyes are ever on the Lord" (Psalm 25:15).

Today's Prayer Request
Please pray for the direction of the Holy Spirit as we plan the Come to the Fire Council meeting January 5-7.