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Book Discussion: The Practice of the Presence of God

Brother Lawrence (1614-1691) was a man of humble beginnings who discovered the secret of living in the kingdom of God here on earth. It is the art of “practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end.”

As the cook for his monastic community, Brother Lawrence made no distinction between work and worship: “The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer. In the noise and clutter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the Blessed Supper.”

Since its publication in 1692, The Practice of the Presence of God has been a source of encouragement and instruction to generations of Christians desiring to know God and feel his loving presence unceasingly throughout the day.

On Friday, December 1 at noon, librarian Meredith Ader will lead a discussion on this this classic work of the spiritual life. The Library has the book in multiple print and ebook editions, and Hoopla (subscribed to by nearly all public libraries) has it in multiple audiobook editions.

If you plan to attend the discussion in person, registration is appreciated but not required. For online participation, however, registration is necessary so we can email you the Teams link. Click here to register for both.