The Practice of the Presence of God
The Practice of the Presence of God is a collection of letters and transcriptions of conversations, compiled by a disciple of Brother Lawrence. Brother Lawrence was a Carmelite monk and head cook in his monastery’s kitchens. He quickly gained an international reputation as a mystic and spiritual counselor. The Practice of the Presence records his last words of advice to his friends and disciples, as he suffered from an unnamed illness which would eventually take his life. (Description written by Kirsten Ferreri.)
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Brother Lawrence leads people to the Roman Catholic church.
Thank you for sharing your concern. The inclusion of Brother Lawrence’s book, The Practice of the Presence of God on this site is for the purpose of its practical help in the spiritual life, which is quite valuable indeed. Brother Lawrence was a Roman Catholic monk and traces of Roman Catholic doctrine that may be controversial may possibly seep through in these writings, but he had a genuine walk with the Lord and shares out of the riches of his intimate, abiding relationship with Christ. To be clear, the inclusion of his audiobook here does not constitute an endorsement on my part of Roman Catholicism in general, but neither do I feel that we should cast off all that the Lord deposited by His Spirit and Word in the hearts of those who walked with deep sincerity, reverence, and devotion to Christ throughout its long history. I would simply encourage those who read or listen to this book, as with all that is included on this site, to use discernment and to test all things while reading or listening.
Along this line, as part of reviewing your comment before replying, I went to your website and there happened to find a disclaimer on the sidebar that expresses my sentiments as well concerning this website. I’m including it here for any who may read this comment thread because, quite frankly, I couldn’t say it better!
“Note: Inclusion on this site does not imply agreement with or endorsement of anything said by that individual or organisation elsewhere, or any links therein. Some information could be doctrinally unsound. Pray for guidance and discernment and test everything against the word of God. ‘Beloved, believe not every spirit but try the spirits whether they are of God, as many false prophets are gone out into the world.’ (1 John 4:1) ‘They searched the scriptures daily whether those things were so.’ (Acts 17:11)”
Also, I feel I do need to share a couple of thoughts, for clarity sake, concerning the Facebook video that you linked to in your comment. It should be understood by those who may watch it that the “Brother Lawrence” interviewed in the video is not the Brother Lawrence who wrote this book. (The author lived in the seventeenth century whereas this Brother Lawrence is a young man living today) and the book The Practice of the Presence of God is not referred to nor inferred in the interview. That being said, the video may have some value for those in the Pentecostal/Evangelical camp as an impetus for self-examination to see where their particular spiritual/religious stream may have left certain voids in this sincere brother’s life that in turn became an impetus for him to search elsewhere for a deeper understanding of truth, faith, and genuine encounter with the living God. That was my main take-away from watching it as to why he converted to Catholicism!
Once again, thank you for sharing your concern. I pray God’s blessing on your ministry to the body of Christ, which seems rather extensive. I also pray that those who may read this particular book will be able to reap the spiritual riches offered in it while always maintaining a spirit of discernment and trust in the Holy Spirit to lead into all truth. (John 16:13, 1 John 2:20-21,27)
Grace and peace in Him!
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