How did I find a little book written in the 1600’s by a Catholic lay brother that worked in the monastery kitchen? Over the years, I kept seeing Brother Lawrence quoted by other authors which I adore, so I hunted down his book The Practice of the Presence of God. The book is small enough to fit in the palm of you hand but filled with beautiful insights.
The message is that the presence of God is not something you stop and seek. It’s something you seek with every breath. My favorite part is when Father Lawrence admits that he was not very good at this for the first decade of trying. Man, can I relate!
The front section is a record of conversations Father Lawrence had with a friend but the back are letters Father Lawrence wrote to his friend. I loved the letters best. You’ll picture this humble man cooking in his kitchen while seeking the presence of God. It was just what I needed to read, right when I needed to read it.
Since it was written before copy rights and such, I found a copy on line you can print out. Or it’s available on Amazon.