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Selections from The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence 
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"He was very well pleased with the job he was now in, but he was as ready to leave that as the former, since he was always pleasing himself by doing little things for the love of God."

Second Conversation with Brother Lawrence

In my talks with him, I noted that Brother Lawrence had always been guided by love.  Having decided to make the love of God the end of all his actions, he had found great peace.  He was pleased when he could take up a straw from the ground for the love of God.

He said that in order to form a habit of conversing with God continually, we must at first apply some effort.  However, after a while we will find His love motivating us to do it without any difficulty.

When an occasion arose which required some virtue, he said to God, "Lord, I cannot do this unless You allow me."  After that, he received strength more than sufficient.

When he had failed in his duty, he simply confessed his fault, saying to God, "I could not possibly do otherwise, if You leave me to myself. It is You who must correct my failing, and mend what is amiss." And after this, he gave himself no further uneasiness about his mistake.

We should speak to God frankly and plainly, he said, and ask for His assistance in our affairs, just as they happen. God never fails to grant this assistance, as he had often experienced.

He had recently been sent into Burgundy to buy wine for the monastery, which was a very unwelcome task for him, because he had no skill for business and because he was lame. But he gave himself no uneasiness about it. He said to God, "It is Your business I am doing." After saying this, things turned out well. 

In a similar way, in his work in the monastery kitchen - having accustomed himself to do everything there for the love of God - he had found everything easy during the fifteen years that he had been employed.

He was very well pleased with the job he was now in, but he was as ready to leave that one as the former, since he was always pleasing himself by doing little things for the love of God.

With him, the set times of prayer were not different from other times.  He retired to pray, according to the directions of his Superior, but he did not need such retirement because none of his business diverted him from God.

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