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Question from Melissa on 11/4/2008:

Hello,

I just wanted to know if this prayer book was ok practice, The book is called "the Practice of the Presence of God" by brother Lawrence It is really old book, wasn't sure if it is in line with teachings of catholic chruch.

God Bless,

Melissa

Answer by Fr. Jay Toborowsky on 11/5/2008:

I have heard about Brother Lawrence before, and I found this review on the Amazon.com review of the book.

Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (a.k.a. Nicholas Herman) lived in the 17th century and was a monk within the Carmelite Order of the Roman Catholic Church. This was the Order of such notable Christian mystics as St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross who authored other seminal mystical texts. "The Practice of the Presence of God" is a small book of compiled documents of various literary genres. The one who compiled them was the Abbe of Beaufort who is the author of the "Eulogy" portion of the book. He was a close friend to Brother Lawrence and, at the request of others, published his eulogy along with four conversations he had with Brother Lawrence and sixteen letters from Brother Lawrence to various individuals (Reverend Mother N {for "name"}, Reverend Father N, and Madame N). Also included in the compilation are Spiritual Maxims that condense his fundamental spiritual principles and teachings. Included in The Paraclete Press's edition of this classic is a memoir from the Abbe de Beaufort entitled "Brother Lawrence's Way of Life", published around two years after his Eulogy and recorded conversations.

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