Praying in the Kitchen


“I want everyone everywhere to lift innocent hands toward heaven and pray, without being angry or arguing with each other.“ - 1 Timothy 2:8 (CEV)

Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection — born Nicholas Herman — was a lay Carmelite brother who lived in France in the 1600s. His career in the priory was undistinguished. He worked mostly in the kitchen. Yet Brother Lawrence became famous among his brothers as a deeply grounded man of God. After his death, his brothers compiled his sayings into a book called The Practice of the Presence of God. It’s become a spiritual classic.

The essence of Brother Lawrence’s spirituality is summed up in this statement of his: “The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clatter 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 Sacrament.” - Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God, 2011

Lord God, praying to You is a great privilege. Remind me daily, as Brother Lawrence has, that I can pray anywhere, anytime! Amen.
Jun 23 2018