Brother Lawrence (1610-1691) was a Carmelite monk, who is today
most commonly remembered for the closeness of his relationship to
God as recorded in the classic Christian text, The Practice of the
Presence of God the Best Rule of a Holy Life. He was born Nicholas
Herman in Herimenil, near Luneville in the region of Lorraine,
located in modern day eastern France. He received a revelation of
the providence and power of God at the age of 18, but it would be
another six years before he joined the Discalced Carmelite Priory
in Paris. In this intervening period he fought in the Thirty Years'
War and later served as a valet. He was known for his profound
peace and many came to seek spiritual guidance from him. The wisdom
that he passed on to them, in conversations and in letters, would
later become the basis for the book, The Practice of the Presence
of God the Best Rule of a Holy Life. This work was compiled after
Brother Lawrence died by one of those whom he inspired, Father
Joseph de Beaufort, later vicar general to the Archbishop of Paris.
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