Lasallian Thought for the Day

Presence of God

One of the key elements in Lasallian spirituality is the beautiful and constant reminder that we are in the holy presence of God. It is like a refrain going through La Salle's writings:

Since God is present everywhere
have you adored him everywhere?
All you need and all God wants of you
is that you remain in his presence.

To ensure that remembrance of the presence of God was part and parcel of school life, La Salle introduced the custom of a regular invocation:

"Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God."

It is the custom to say this a number of times during the day. Surely a beautiful way to focus our lives.

For La Salle, all prayer begins by putting yourself in God's presence. There are different ways of doing this. La Salle recommends these three:

" God is present just where you are, since He is everywhere. "I fill heaven and earth."
" God is present within us, since our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit who lives in us
" God is present in the Church, as the house of prayer and of the Blessed Sacrament

La Salle sees many advantages when we try to live in God's presence. It will help us to

" drive away all evil and even useless thoughts from our minds
" kindle in our hearts the fire of the love of God
" bring us peace of mind and heart
" give life and flavour to our spiritual exercises

And all this can be done whether we are walking about or sitting quietly.

The pratice of remembering the presence of God is our  greatest happiness, the way to allow God be master of your heart.

"Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God."

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