“At all times, every hour, every minute, even at my busiest times, I drove away from my mind everything that was capable of interrupting my thought of God. This has been my practice since the first days I entered into religion. Though I have done it imperfectly, I have found great advantages in this practice. I am aware, however, that all of these advantages are to be attributed to the mercy and the goodness of God, because we can do nothing without him-especially me!
But when we are faithful in keeping ourselves in his holy presence, keeping him always before us, this not only prevents our offending him or doing something displeasing in his sight (at least willfully), but it also brings to us a holy freedom, and if I may say so, a familiarity with God wherein we may ask and receive the graces we are so desperately in need of.” –Brother Lawrence, A Habitual Sense of God’s Presence from Devotional Classics pg. 369
When I think of Echo and service Brother Lawrence always seems to pop into my head. My prayer for all of us as we go throughout our days, attending classes, hanging out with friends or reminiscing about cutting strawberries and peppers up at Pondy, dodging poison oak at Redwood or scrubbing toilets at Conference Center, is that we “are faithful in keeping ourselves in his holy presence, keeping him always before us…”
Godspeed. –Tall Kate