The heroic virtues of Charles de Foucauld

Ceremony of the declaration of the heroic nature of the virtues of the Servant of God, Charles de Foucauld

"Do not be afraid to follow the path of holiness of Charles de Foucauld in his imitation of the One Model "

Rome, April 24, 2001

This morning's ceremony with the Holy Father could not have been more simple. It was, all the same, moving to hear the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints present Charles de Foucauld, the Servant of God who wanted to become the universal little brother,

"who took among the Tuaregs of the Sahara the humility, poverty and charity of Jesus".

Immediately afterwards, the Secretary proclaimed that the Pope had recognised the heroic nature of the virtues of Charles de Foucauld. The reading of the Decree will enable us to discover or re-discover the spiritual path of this man who wanted to imitate the Lord Jesus and give the whole of his life to Him, to the point of wanting to die as a martyr if that was His will. It was not without reason that it begins with this short quotation:

"My Lord Jesus, who said, 'no one has greater love than the one who gives his life for his friends', I desire with all my heart to give my life for you. I ask you earnestly for this - but may it be not my will but yours. I offer you my life: have me live and die in the way that pleases you most: in you, through you and for you!"

The promulgator invites all the friends and disciples of Father de Foucauld to give thanks to the Lord for having permitted this ceremony to take place at the beginning of Eastertide, illumined by the glory of the Lord who showed the extent to which he loved his friends by giving his life for their salvation.

Do not be afraid to follow the path of holiness of Charles de Foucauld in his imitation of the One Model.

Father Maurice Bouvier