40 Days of Lent

40 Days of Lent

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“All things are possible to him who believes…who hopes…who loves…and most of all who perseveres in the practice of these three virtues”                 -Brother Lawrence
 
In the tumult of 17th century France, there lived a man who was both simple and profound.  Brother Lawrence was a lay monk who lived with a daily sense of God’s presence which provided peace and direction in his life.  Lawrence has a lot to teach us about how to do life in a culture that is confusing, busy and overrun with distractions.  Our goal for this Lenten season is to learn what Brother Lawrence learned and begin to practice the things that Lawrence practiced to make this kind of life with God possible. 
 
In this work, Brother Lawrence offers a glimpse of what he learned about God, himself, and what it meant to be in a deep, long-lasting connection with his Creator. 
Brother Lawrence shared his passions, his struggles, his desires and dreams. Yet throughout his journey, his gaze was constant. His passion was to be in such a deep
connection with God that he literally lived in a constant awareness of the presence of God in his life.
 
If we believe that God is everywhere all the time then our sometimes nagging sense of separation is simply an awareness issue.  God is here, but we have just arranged our lives in such a way that we don’t sense the Presence. 
 
As we journey together for the next 40 days through the writings of Brother Lawrence, our hope is to come to a deep awareness of the presence of God in our midst every day. His presence does indeed fill every corner of creation, and He is waiting for you to awaken to it—to see it, to sense it, to take up residence in it.
 
Let’s begin.

Click on a link below to read/download the reading for each day.
 
The Daily Examen
Prayer of the Optima Elders

Week 1 - Mar 1 - 4
Week 2 - Mar 6 -11
Week 3 - Mar 13 - 18
Week 4 - Mar 20 - 25
Week 5 - Mar 27 - Apr 1
Week 6 - Apr 3 - 8
Week 7 - Apr 10 -14