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from issue no. 01/02 - 2005

«How much sweetness Jesus was able to bring to those who drew near him»


A little anthology of the writings of the French missionary


by Charles de Foucauld


Charles de Foucauld

Charles de Foucauld

THERE IS SUCH A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOD
AND WHAT IS NOT HIM
«My religious vocation goes back to the very moment of my faith: God is so great! There is such a difference between God and all that is not him...».
(Letter to Henry de Castries, 14 August 1901)
Quibus auxiliis?
«By means of your grace, and what grace! With your mercy, an infinitude of mercies!... Thanks to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, of Saint Joseph, of Saint Magdalen, of Saint John the Baptist, of my guardian angel, of all the men and women saints, of so many persons who love me and who are no longer on this earth; ... with the help of Saint Paul the Hermit and of Saint Anthony whose memory we celebrate in these days».
(Note of 15 January 1895)

JESUS WILL POUR OUT ABUNDANT GRACES
AND THEY WILL UNDERSTAND
«The natives receive us well; they are not sincere: they yield to necessity. How much time will it take for them to really acquire indeed the feelings they now pretend to have? Maybe it won't ever happen... will they know how to distinguish the soldiers from the priests and see in us servants of God, ministers of peace and of charity, universal brothers? I don't know. If I do my duty, Jesus will pour out abundant graces and they will understand».
(3 July 1904, letter to Madame De Bondy, from south of Beni Abbes)

FOUNT AND BALM OF CONSOLATION
«Let us strive to have an endless delicacy in our charity; let us not limit ourselves to the large services, but let us cultivate that tender delicacy capable of taking care of the details and which through negligible gestures can pour so much balm into hearts. “Feed them”, says Jesus. Let us in the same way enter, also with those who live beside us, into the small details of their health, their comfort, their prayers, their needs: let us console, let us bring relief with the most minute attention; for those whom God sets beside us let us strive to have those tender, delicate, small attentions that two brothers full of delicacy would have between them, and mothers full of tenderness for their children, in the aim of consoling, as far as possible, all those who are around us and be fount and balm of consolation for them, as was our Lord for all those that approached him: for the Blessed Virgin and Saint Joseph, but also for the apostles, the Magdalene and all the others... How much consolation, how much sweetness he was able to bring to all those who drew near him.»
(from La bonté de Dieu)
PRAYER
«Don't try to organize, to prepare the foundation of the Little Brothers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: alone, live as if you had to remain alone for always. If you are in two, in three, a small number, live as if you were never to become more numerous. Pray like Jesus, as much as Jesus, keeping as he always did a very large place for prayer... Always in his image, leave much room for manual work, that it is not time stolen from prayer, but given to prayer; the time of your manual work is a time of prayer. Recite the breviary and the rosary faithfully each day. Love Jesus with all your heart (dilexit multum), and your neighbor as yourself for love of him... Your life of Nazareth can be lived anywhere, live it in the most useful place for your neighbor.»
(Meditation of 22 July 1905)
THE WEAKNESS OF HUMAN MEANS IS A SOURCE
OF STRENGTH
«Here our weapons, those of our divine Bridegroom who asks us to allow his life to continue to live in us, him, the sole Lover... the sole Truth... We won't find better than he, and he doesn't grow old... Let us follow this unique model and we shall be sure of doing much good, because in this way it will no longer be we who live, but he who will live in us; our actions will no longer belong to us, human and wretched, but to him, and they will therefore be divinely effective.»
(letter to Father Charles Guérin, 15 January 1908)
THE POOR
«Let us love the rich, for they are sons of God; but let us not busy ourselves with them since they have no need of it; let us busy ourselves with the poor, since they need everything and because Jesus has left them to us not as brothers, but as Himself to be taken care of, fed, dressed, consoled, sanctified, saved, in short loved. They are “his brothers”, they are the family that he has adopted; that which he leaves to us.»
(Meditation on Psalm 81)
IT IS UP TO HIM TO CALL US
«God will give us in every instant what is necessary to carry out any mission it pleases him to give us... He will give us supernaturally, without any preparation on our part, if that pleases him, as he did with his great apostles Peter and Paul…. Or he will give it to us by making us cooperate in his grace with our work, and then he will tell us himself in what way we must perform these preparatory works… It is up to him to call us in the hour in which he wants us to dedicate ourselves to them.»
(Meditation on the Holy Gospels, 234ª)
YOU GIVE HEALTH TO SOULS OUT OF PURE COMPASSION
«You give health to souls, even when they don't ask it of you, O my God, out of pure compassion, out of pure love for the work of your hands toward your sheep, O good Shepherd!
We are in hope! You don't wait for the strayed sheep, attacked by the wolf and already almost dead in its teeth, to call to You for help; from afar you always see it and always give it, up to the last moment, everything that is necessary to it to escape the enemy. We are in hope.»
(Meditation on the passages of the Holy Gospels relating to the fifteen virtues, 106ª)

A FLASH OF LIGHTNING THAT ILLUMINATES
FOR AN INSTANT THE DARKNESS OF THE EARTH
«You could, my God, guide Joseph with quite other means than with the apparitions: one has the impression that it is for the purpose of making evident to our eyes, from the first pages of the Gospel, this truth of the hope that one must have in your grace (that you give us to lead us to glory), that you show in this way, already at the beginning of the New Testament, these angels, these stars that rise at your call to lead men… It is like a flash of lightning that illuminates for an instant the darkness of the earth and in it makes clear, to our amazed eyes, what your way of guiding souls is.»
(Meditation on the passages of the Holy Gospels relating to the fifteen virtues, 8ª)


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