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...but the least turning from Him is insupportable.
This exercise does not much fatigue the body; it is, however, proper to deprive it sometimes, nay often; of many little pleasures which are innocent and lawful, for GOD will not permit that a soul which desires to be devoted entirely to Him should take other pleasures than with Him: that is more than reasonable.
I do not say that therefore we must put any violent constraint upon ourselves. No, we must serve GOD in a holy freedom;We must do our business faithfully, without trouble or disquiet, recalling our mind to God mildly, and with tranquility, as often as we find it wandering from him.
It is, however, necessary to put our whole trust in GOD, laying aside all other cares, and even some particular forms of devotion, though very good in themselves, yet such as one often engages in unreasonably, because these devotions are only means to attain to the end. So when by this exercise of _the presence of_ GOD we are _with Him_ who is our end, it is then useless to return to the means; but we may continue with Him our commerce of love, persevering in His holy presence, one... Lawrence, Brother
Excerpt from The Practice of the Presence of God the Best Rule of a Holy Life · This quote is about faith · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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