Nearer than we think

by Renaissance Girl  

Let us thus think often that our only business in this life is to please GOD, that perhaps all besides is but folly and vanity” 
― Brother LawrenceThe Practice of the Presence of God

Someone recently suggested to me that I read The Practice of the Presence of God by Br.Lawrence. I’m embarrassed to say that in years of seeing it on a bookshelf, I’ve never picked it up. Br.Lawrence was a monk in the seventeenth century. He received a revelation of God at age eighteen, and from then on, his whole life was devoted to the love and service of God. His words are so simple and yet so challenging. 

Everything he did, was in the midst of a loving conversation with God and all for his pleasure — including years working in the monastery kitchen where washing pots and pans became a source of love and revelation from God. 

I find myself clinging to his words with all the hope I can muster as I struggle to bring God into that place in my own life. 

He does not ask much of us, merely a thought of Him from time to time, a little act of adoration, sometimes to ask for His grace, sometimes to offer Him your sufferings, at other times to thank Him for the graces, past and present, He has bestowed on you, in the midst of your troubles to take solace in Him as often as you can. Lift up your heart to Him during your meals and in company; the least little remembrance will always be the most pleasing to Him. One need not cry out very loudly; He is nearer to us than we think.” 



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About Renaissance Girl

I moved to the Community with my family in 1988 when I was 10 - which gives away my current age! I am now a solemnly professed member - I work at Paraclete Press, the publishing arm of the Community and I love my job! I also sing in the choir Gloriæ Dei Cantores, and am a member of Elements Theatre Company and Spirit of America Band. As a Docent for the Church of the Transfiguration, I get to discover new things about the church every time I share it with someone else. When I'm not doing one of those activities, I love to spend time with my dog or my "extended family". There's a lot of variety in my life which keeps me energized - and I'm learning how to be more in the moment so whether I'm at a rehearsal, or making dinner in the kitchen with 5 girls, they all get 100% of me!

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