Feast of All Carmelite Saints ~ Novena Day 8 – November 13
“In order to know God, we must often think of Him; and when we come
to love Him, we shall then also think of Him often, for our heart
will be with our treasure.”
Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection
Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection has not officially been declared a saint. However, he offers us great insight in how to deepen our relationship with God. Brother Lawrence’s spirituality centered on his profound conviction of God’s love and his own determination to always remain in His presence amidst all his routine chores. Brother Lawrence would simply perform all tasks assigned him, never questioning, because he viewed all the work he did as not being done by him alone, but by him together with God. In doing so, he achieved great inner peace.
The spiritual guidance he gave others, as well as the letters he wrote were consolidated and published as the book The Practice of the Presence of God after his death. Brother Lawrence encourages us to follow his example – to pause, even if only momentarily, throughout the day in the midst of our work and direct our thoughts to God, even if for only a few minutes. He reminds us that as we go about our daily routine – cooking dinner, cleaning the house, balancing the checkbook – regardless of how ordinary the chore might be, God is right there beside us working together with us. Brother Lawrence also assures us that among the fruits we derive in practicing being in the presence of God is a livelier faith and finding strength in Him.
“Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, today we rejoice in the holy men and women of every time and place. May their prayers bring us your forgiveness and love. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. (Divine Office ~ Solemnity of All Saints, November 1)