Spirit and Truth
Carmelite monk who "practiced the presence of God." Here, he is commenting on
Jesus' words in John 4:24: "God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in
spirit and in truth." (NIV)
HOW TO WORSHIP GOD IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH
There are three things in this question to which it is necessary to reply.
FIRST: To worship God in spirit and truth means to worship God as we ought to
worship Him. God is Spirit, so we must worship Him in spirit and truth, that
is, by a humble and true adoration of spirit in the depth and center of our
souls. God alone can see this worship; we can repeat it so often that in the
end it becomes as if it were natural to us, and as if God were one with our
souls, and our souls one with Him.
SECOND: To worship God in truth is to recognize Him for being who He is, and
to recognize ourselves for what we are. To worship God in truth is to
recognize as a very present reality in our spirit that God is infinitely
perfect, infinitely worthy of worship, and infinitely distant from evil, even
beyond His divine attributes. Who will be the man who, lacking in wisdom
though he may be, will refuse to employ all his strength to render his respect
and worship to this great and infinitely worthy God.
THIRD: To worship God in truth is further to admit that we are entirely
contrary to Him, and that He is willing to make us like Himself if we desire
it. Who will be so imprudent as to turn himself away, even for a moment, from
the reverence, love, service and continual adoration which we most justly owe
-Brother Lawrence (c. 1611-1691) in THE PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD,
translated by Robert J. Edmonson, Paraclete Living Library, 1984.
[A noble goal for 1998-to practice the presence of God.]
Have a great week and a blessed new year.