Lawrence, Brother

Nicholas Herman (1611(4)–1691) was born in Lorraine, France. His parents were peasants and he worked in the army and also as a valet for income. He received a wound that caused a limp. He was touched with supernatural clarity and love for God. About 1640 he joined the Discalced (barefoot) Carmelite (the Order began at Mount Carmel) monastery in Paris and his religious name became “Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection.” He worked in the kitchen and learned to have conversations with God during his work. This life of prayer became the basis for the “presence of God.” He saw God’s grace enabling everything he did. Later he repaired sandals and bought wine. His friend, Joseph de Beaufort, compiled his conversations and letters into the book “The Practice of the Presence of God.”

Curiosmith features "The Practice of the Presence of God" in:

Resolutions: A Collection of Wisdom.