Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Blessed Charles de Foucauld

Our hearts like that of Jesus, must embrace all humanity. Be loving, gentle, humble, with all human-beings. This is what we have learned from Jesus, not to be aggressive towards anyone.

As we begin the season of Advent, we remember today Blessed Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916) a one-time French soldier and playboy who died as a poor, malnourished hermit in the desert of Algeria. We are inspired by his great simplicity and ardor, as we like him long for the presence of the Prince of Peace . 

Let us concern ourselves with those who lack everything, those to whom no one gives a thought. Let us be the friends of those who have no friends, their brother... I want all the people here, Christians, Muslims, Jews, non-believers, to look on me as their brother, the universal brother. They begin to call my house ‘the fraternity’ and this makes me happy.