Fans of Elvis (1935-1977) know his acronym for taking care of business. An earlier brother took care of kitchen business in his Carmelite monastery in Paris. Brother Lawrence (1614-1691) taught us that everyone can be a leader. He made a profound impact by the way he lived his life in his kitchen.
His brothers printed his sayings in The Practice of the Presence of God. After a friend and classmate lost his sight, in a phone conversation he asked me to read the Prayer of Saint Francis and his favorite Brother Lawrence quote. Those two readings became our standard phone call benediction.
Here’s a traditional translation of the Brother Lawrence quote::
The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were on my knees at the blessed sacrament.
Richard Rohr offered this paraphrase:
Even in the midst of noise and clutter, while people’s voices are coming at you from all directions, asking for your help with many different things, you can possess God with the same serenity as if you were on your knees in church.