[Brother Lawrence] said that we must establish ourselves in God’s presence by continually conversing with him and that it was shameful to give up conversation with him to turn to foolishness. We must nourish our souls with an exalted idea of God, and thereby we will draw great joy from being with him. We must enliven our faith, for it is a shame that we have so little. Instead of taking faith as our rule and guide, we amuse ourselves with insignificant, constantly changing devotions! This way of faith is the mind of the Church and is all we need to reach perfection.
Joseph de Beaufort
Conversations With Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection
CN 1, First Conversation, 4
Lawrence of the Resurrection, B; De Meester, C 1994, Writings and Conversations on the Practice of the Presence of God, translated from the French by Salvatore Sciurba, OCD, ICS Publications, Washington DC.
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