Brother Lawrence’s Fifth Letter

An excerpt form Brother Lawrence’s Fifth Letter:

” ….the heart must be empty of all other things, because God will posess the heart alone, and as He cannot posess it alone without emptying it of all besides, so neither can he act there, and do in it what He pleases, unless it be left vacant to Him”.

So I suppose the question that excerpt provokes is…how vacant are our hearts? Are they empty so that the Lord may fully occupy them..or do they retain things which no longer or never did, have a place therein?

“There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God”

Now isn’t that just a quote worthy of regular recitation and personal reflection!

Were I a preacher, I should, above all other things, preach the practice of the presence of God; and were I a director, I should advise all the world to do it, so necessary do I think it, and so easy too. Ah! knew we but the want we have of the grace and assistance of God, we should never lose sight of Him, no, not for a moment. Believe me; make immediately a holy and firm resolution never more willfully to forget Him, and to spend the rest of your days in His sacred presence, deprived for the love of Him, if He thinks fit, of all consolations.”

How often we do lose sight of God, and even of our own purpose in this life? We may delude ourselves that we’re really ‘not all that bad’, that our sins aren’t as great as the sins of others…we may even confess to a priest who would seemingly nullify the gravity of our sins…but if only we were to know the full extent of our need of God’s grace and assistance, we would likely not be able to bear it…

God forgive us. Thanks be to God that our God is a God of love and mercy!

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5 Responses to Brother Lawrence’s Fifth Letter

  1. Sorry to be off topic, but since your a British convert I was wondering what you thought about Dr. Williams comments on introducing Sharia law into British society. While it appears your country is getting quite a few Polish Catholic to help stop the bleeding I don’t know if it’s going to be enough to prevent Islam from becoming dominant.

    DO you think the Holy Spirit will bring about a Catholic resurgance in British society?

  2. John Bowden says:

    and thanks be to God for holy men and women to provide inspiration and example and for Catholics (and all Christians) who persevere in their faith despite the trials and who by their witness give all of us the courage to truly believe! +JMJ+ John

  3. Gabrielle says:

    I think emptying the heart of all that doesn’t belong in it is one of the hardest things in the spiritual life. We need so much grace!

  4. ukok says:

    Gabrielle, isn’t it just one of the hardest things to do! Even when we know that what we hold on to in our hearts can be very detrimental.

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