Brother Lawrence was a 17th Century French Carmelite who spent most of his time working in the kitchen of a monastery in Paris. I first came across his writings a few months ago, and despite struggling with the preface and ‘conversations’ of the first part of his book, ‘The Practice of the Presence of God’, the letters, especially, have impacted me more than I could have imagined.
I believe that the messages of Brother Lawrence are as pertinant to todays Christian pilgrims as ever they were to those gone before us. For this reason, I’d like to share with you excerpts from the collection of fifteen letters that Brother Lawrence wrote to those who lived with him and around him during his lifetime.
Though his writings need no accompaniement, I shall, write a very little about each excerpt that I share with you, and about the stirrings of self examination and of relfection that they have invoked within me.
I hope that food for thought is gained by all who read Brother Lawrence’s writings, because they are certainly inspirational lessons to live by. The excerpts are perhaps especially encouraging for those of us who also work in kitchens and wash rooms, taking on the care of our loved ones.
Whoever we are and whatever we do, the messages of Brother Lawrence reaches into the hearts of all who would hear them…because whatever is good about them, they were God’s words first. Brother Lawrence was merely a servant, and in that too, we have much to learn from his example.
I hope you will enjoy reading the forthcomingposts pertaining to this great model of Christian discipleship and servitude.
I hope too that you are having a muich blessed Advent…