WORDS TO LIVE BY

I worshipped Him the oftenest that I could, keeping my mind in His holy presence . . . I found no small trouble in that exercise, and yet I continued it . . . without troubling or disquieting myself when my mind wandered involuntarily . . . Even in the height of my business I drove away from my mind everything that was capable of interrupting my thought of Him . . . When we are faithful to keep ourselves in His holy presence it also begets in us a holy freedom wherewith we ask the graces we stand in need of.

Those whose spirits are stirred by the breath of the Holy Spirit go forward even in sleep. If the vessel of our soul is still tossed with winds and storms let us wake the Lord, who reposes in it, and he will quickly calm the sea.

He lays no great burden upon us; a little remembrance of Him from time to time; a little adoration; sometimes to pray for his grace, sometimes to offer Him thanks for the benefits He has given you, and still gives you, in the midst of your troubles. He ask you to console yourself with Him the oftenest you can. Lift up your heart to Him even at your meals when you are in company; the least little remembrance will always be acceptable to Him. "You need not cry very loud; He is nearer than you think. 

Brother Lawrence, 17the century

 

January 2002