25 May 2012

'Disrelish'

"It is the schooling of the soul to find its joy in His Divine Companionship, holding with Him at all times and at every moment humble and loving converse, without set rule or stated method, in all time of our temptation and tribulation, in all time of our dryness of soul and disrelish of God, yes, and even when we fall into unfaithfulness and actual sin." - From 'the Practice of the Presence of God' by Brother Lawrence

"The virtues which we chiefly lack..."

6. "Necessity is laid upon us to examine ourselves with diligence to find out what are the virtues which we chiefly lack,  and which are the hardest for us to acquire; we should seek to learn the sins that do most easily beset us, and the the times and occasions, when we do most often fall. In the time of struggle we ought  to have recourse to God with perfect confidence, abiding steadfast in the Presence of His Divine Majesty; in lowly adoration we should tell out before Him our griefs and our failures, asking Him lovingly for the succor of His grace; and in our weakness we shall find in Him our strength." - pg. 73, From 'the Practice of the Presence of God' by Brother Lawrence

11 May 2012

From 'the Practice of the Presence of God' by Brother Lawrence

From the third letter:

"We have a God who is infinitely gracious and knows all about our wants... He will come in His own time, and when you least expect it. Hope in Him more than ever; thank Him with me for the favors He does you, particularly for the fortitude and patience which He gives you in your afflictions. It is a plain mark of the care He takes of you. Comfort yourself, then, with Him, and give thanks for all.

From the fourth letter:

I say again, let us enter into ourselves. The time presses, there is no room for delay; our souls are at stake. I believe you have taken such effectual measures that you will not be surprised. I commend you for it; it is the one thing necessary. We must, nevertheless, always work at it, because not to advance in the spiritual life is to go back. But those who have the gale of the Holy Spirit go forward even in sleep. If the vessel of our soul is still tossed with winds and storms, let us awake the Lord who reposes in it, and He will quickly calm the sea.