We must never stop working, since in the spiritual life, not to advance is to go backward. Those who are empowered by the breath of the Holy Spirit sail along even when asleep. If the ship of our soul is still beaten by the winds or the storm, we must wake the Lord who is resting there, and he will immediately calm the sea.
Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection
Letter 1, to a nun
1 June 1682
Brother Lawrence’s biographer, the prolific Discalced Carmelite scholar Conrad de Meester notes the following:
At the age of twenty-six, Nicolas Herman made a serious decision. In mid-June of 1640, he entered the Order of Discalced Carmelites on the Rue Vaugirard in Paris as a lay brother. In mid-August he received the Carmelite habit and took the religious name of Lawrence (perhaps the patron saint of his village), completing it with the title “of the Resurrection,” a mystery he admirably lived in the sight of the living God and his Christ.
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.