When I read this, it struck me as the fruit of a perseverence that is gentle, peaceful and unflinching:
- “The Practice of the Presence of God,” by Brother Lawrence
Brother Lawrence explained:
When he had finished, he examined himself how he had discharged his duty; if he found well, he returned thanks to GOD; if otherwise, he asked pardon; and without being discouraged, he set his mind right again, and continued his exercise of the presence of GOD, as if he had never deviated from it. Thus, said he, by rising after my falls, and by frequently renewed acts of faith and love, I am come to a state, wherein it would be as difficult for me not to think of GOD, as it was at first to accustom myself to it.
- Fourth conversation