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The Practice of the Presence of God

A testimony of late monastic spirituality

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This is a translation of Moeurs et Entretiens du Frère Laurent , published in 1694 (and later titled "The Practice of the Presence of God"). It is one of two collections of Lawrence's writings (the other being Maximes Spirituelles [Spiritual Maxims], 1692) produced by Abbé Joseph de Beaufort, a representative of the local archbishop. It consists of fifteen letters, as well as four conversations which Beaufort had with Lawrence, having first met the monk in 1666. The conversations amount to a short anecdotal biography, demonstrating aspects of Lawrence's life and service. The letters, written to give advice, guidance, and exhortation to various correspondents, provide a brief glimpse into his heart – the emphasis on faith and prayer, a single-minded focus on God in meditation and contemplation, and a life offered in humble service.

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