The Practice of the Presence of God Setting & Symbolism

Brother Lawrence
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Faith

In the beginning, Lawrence struggles with his faith. Even after his conversion experience as a young adult, Lawrence feels some doubt about God's love for him. He fears that in spite of his devotion, he could suffer eternal damnation. However, he finally has a revelation that he should not commune with God only to ensure his soul's eternal destiny, but because God deserves one's devotion, no mater the outcome. After his realization, Lawrence serves God more fervently. He promises never to do an action without God's blessing. The more he explores his faith, the more it grows.

Sanctification

Lawrence seems to struggle at first with this topic. He wonders how God could forgive such a wretched soul as himself. He finds his forgiveness in his daily communion with God.

Mortification

To Lawrence, self-denial plays an important part in one's spiritual life. He believes that one should not...

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