The Practice of the Presence of God - Conversations, Introduction-Conversation Four Summary & Analysis

Brother Lawrence
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Conversations, Introduction-Conversation Four Summary and Analysis

In Lawrence's late fifties, Beaufort begins visiting him and recording their conversations. Though Beaufort notices the rough appearance of the older man, he comments on his "gentle grace".

The first conversation occurs on August 3, 1666. Lawrence recalls his conversion, at age eighteen. Upon seeing an autumn tree, he reflects on the tree's eventual rebirth. The fact becomes personal to him and he sees God's purpose for his own life as well. Soon after, he enters the monastery to achieve better self-discipline. Through constant conversation with God, he feels that he enters God's presence. This term, the presence of God, receives much instruction, but never receives definition. One must achieve it to understand what Lawrence means by the presence of God. After entering the presence of God, continually, Lawrence feels real faith.

Lawrence comments further on spiritual matters, citing...

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