Prayer

Prayer.

I have abandoned all my own forms of worship, and those prayers which are not obligatory, and I do nothing else but abide in his holy presence, and I do this by simple attentiveness and an habitual, loving turning of my eyes on him. This I should call the actual presence of God, or to put it better, a wordless and secret conversation between the soul and God which no longer ends. It often gives me such deep feelings of inner, even outer, contentment and joy, that to restrain them and prevent their visible manifestation, I am induced to act childishly in a manner which smacks more of folly than of worship.

Brother Lawrence, 1680.