Fixing Our Eyes on God!

Our Eyes

Br. Lawrence of the Resurrection wrote, “we must keep our eyes fixed on God in everything we say, do, and undertake (Spiritual Maxim Chpt. 1, #2a).  Seeing is an important aspect to the spiritual life.  In the context of Br. Lawrence of the Resurrection he is trying to create a perspective and way of life where a person is always open to God’s presence.  His starting point, as we read above, is to keep one’s eyes focused on God.  Eyes are the window to our souls, which makes our hearts vulnerable to God. 

Our Treasure

I believe Br. Lawrence is hinting at Matthew 6: 21 For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”  Treasure entices and attracts the eye.  It is the fuel that starts a flame of passion in our hearts.  Depending on our treasure, our heart can be taken down the sinful path or the heavenly one.  For Br. Lawrence, our treasure is God.  All actions we say or do, must be pointed to this treasure. For him, the light that glistens off of our treasure, God, is the light that makes are path visible.

God is our Center

Br. Lawrence is teaching that God, is the central point, for all of the spiritual life.  It is in this point that Br. Lawrence hints at the Carmelite rule, which calls all the bothers to daily communion.  Br. Lawrence, through his concept of keeping our eyes fixed on God, is trying to extend the communion experience throughout his daily responsibilities in the community.  Br. Lawrence is also showing that this idea, the centrality of God rooted in communion, is not a passive truth, but an active one.  It is a truth we must engage with and remind ourselves of every day in all we say, do and undertake.     

For the Glory of God

For him even the most mundane task  can be blessed by God and offered up for the Divine Glory.  As St. Paul wrote “from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be glory forever, Amen (Romans 11:36).”  Everything exists for the glory of God.  Br. Lawrence understands this truth and is trying to provide for us a way to live it out, not only abstractly, but in a practical way also.  Remember, Br. Lawrence was a cook and a cobbler, during his life in Carmel.  Thus, as we journey through our day, I believe Br. Lawrence would ask us to take minute, then during that minute to actively think about whatever it is that we are doing.  When we understand, what it is we are doing, then we can begin to see if we are eye keeping our eyes fixed on God.  After our reflection, if we have not kept our eyes on God, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us see as Christ sees, so we can keep our eyes fixed on God as we return to our work.

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2 thoughts on “Fixing Our Eyes on God!

  1. “After our reflection, if we have not kept our eyes on God” then shouldn’t a devout Catholic be going to confession at least once or twice a month instead of just the once a year requirement? If we don’t go to confession on a very regular basis, then how will devout Catholics be able “to ask the Holy Spirit to help us see as Christ sees? According to CCC 1422 ” Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example and by prayer labors for their conversion.” The other way obviously to “see as Christ sees” is attend Mass regularly because according to Fr. Martin von Cochem “devout attendance at Mass is more pleasing to God,more profitable to yourself, more salutary for the living, more helpful to the dead, than all your prayers and good works for the whole day.”

    1. Yes. I would hope people go to reconciliation for more than one time year. It’s a beautiful healing sacrament. The sacrament is not only healing but it is transformative as you hinted at in your comment. I decided to focus on one aspect of transformation through our discipleship. My emphasis does not limit somebody to one way. Thank you for your time in responding to my post! Very appreciative.

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