Thought of the Day March 31, 2017

By 9:35 AM

Brother Lawrence who lived in the 1600's wrote a classic called The
Practice Of The Presence Of God. "There is not in the world a kind of life
more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God;
those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it....I believe
that all spiritual life consists of practicing God's presence, and that anyone
who practices it correctly will soon attain spiritual fulfillment." Then he
says: "Is it not quicker and easier to do our common business wholly for the
the love of God?" The fact is we are in the presence of God. But the fact
also is we are not always conscious of being in God's presence. How can
we connect the two? The desert fathers learned to do this by praying
regularly, no matter what they were doing, a short mantra, what some have
called an ejaculation. My favorite is simply praying, "Jesus, I love you." The
purpose of such a practice is to seek to be consciously attentive to God in
the present moment.

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