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Practice of the Presence of God

Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, Discalced Carmelite, was born in Lorraine about the year 1611. At the age of 17 he became a soldier but was wounded in a raid and had to give up that profession. His naturally religious tendency impelled him towards the religious state. Several times he attempted the life of a hermit, but was soon reduced to such a state of spiritual instability and uncertainty that he realized that he must submit himself to a rule. He offered himself as a lay-brother to the Discalced Carmelites of Paris, where he was accepted, receiving his religious name as we know it today. His was a hidden life; his spirit was rapt in God, and his body for thirty years was employed in the kitchen of a Carmelite monastery.

The rest of his life may be found in his works: "Nobody can paint the saints so well as they themselves...so nothing can bring this servant of God more clearly before you than his own words spoken in the simplicity of his heart.

He died as he had lived, finding in his last and painful illness the long-desired opportunity to suffer for God. He received the Last Sacraments, surrounded by his Carmelite bretheren and, in his own words, "blessing God, praising God, worshipping God and loving Him with all my heart. That is our one business, bretheren, to worship Him and love Him, without thought of anything else." He died at 80 years of age.

Hardcover with dust jacket, 64 pages.