Presence Project Week 3
You show me the path of life. In your presence there is
fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Basically prayer is an exercise in divine participation—you
opting in and God always there! Richard Rohr
Great purity of life…[and] great fidelity to the practice of this presence and the fostering of this
awareness of God within” are the means Brother Lawrence names for acquiring the presence
of God. Digging deeper into his writing we can say that this mindfulness practice is achieved
through self-abandonment and self-emptying, and maintained through building a habit of
adoring God despite difficulties and failures, and persevering to enjoy God even in suffering
by transforming your entire life into one all-encompassing religious practice.
For Lawrence, this was the single most important spiritual concept in the world. He said, “If I
were a preacher, I would preach nothing but the practice of the presence of God; and if I
were a spiritual director, I would recommend it to everyone, for I believe there is nothing so
necessary or so easy.”
Little sentences or prayers can help tune us in to being intentional about looking for the
● when you walk into a new room;
● when you get into the car;
● when you arrive at a destination;
● when you sit down to start an activity;
Show me, Lord.
Help me notice.
Where are you?
May I be present!
The idea is to declare your intention to notice and you will notice more!