It is a privilege to share the following post with you.
Monday Musings - Being Consciously in the Presence of God
(Originally published June 5, 2017)
At times, we may tell ourselves it is too difficult to be conscious of
and with God each day. There is not enough time, we moan, to complete the
unending tasks in front of us - projects which frequently leave us feeling
overburdened and exhausted with little time for our Lord. We
would be mistaken.
In his classic book, The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother
Lawrence tells us that everything we do during the course of the day can place
us in God's Presence if all is done for the love of God.
"I began to live," Brother Lawrence wrote, "as if there were no
one save God and me in the world." As one author wrote: "Together, God and
Brother Lawrence cooked meals, ran errands, scrubbed pots, and endured the
scorn of the world."
St. Catherine of Siena had her "interior spiritual cell" where
she could seek refuge with the Lord she loved, no matter what she might be
physically doing at any given moment.
If you are not fully familiar with the
practices of either of these two beacons of God's love, you would benefit
greatly from spending time with both of them.
I would now like to share the insight of another spiritual writer, less well
known than Brother Lawrence and dear St. Catherine of Siena, but no less
deserving of your consideration.
This is how Rev. M. Raymond, a
Trappist priest, in his book, God, A Woman and the Way, explains
"Relatively few are allowed to
spend their whole day in a convent, monastery or church. Yet, no one should
spend his day or her day, or one hour of the day, without being consciously in
the presence of God. It demands an exercise of memory. It requires an effort of
mind. But it can become second nature to us if we are willing to pay the price
- repeated acts!
God is within us and within every
creature. Christ is in the baptized, living in those who are in grace, dead -
as He was in the tomb - in those who are in mortal sin. So we can greet Him and
worship Him in all our fellow beings. Even the unbaptized are His potential
members. Hence, we can find God everywhere if we will but look aright."
No matter what approach or approaches we choose to follow, may we never forget
that our loving Lord is always at our side.