News from the spiritual family of Charles de Foucauld

News from Tabriz, Iran

Contemplatives have no external works to fulfil, their 'work' is to love. Normally they are unable to see any measurable, visible results in their lifetime. This is also the case for us, the Little Brothers. However, in faith we are convinced that giving oneself to a group of people in order to love them for themselves can fulfil a life and contribute to the growth of the Kingdom. There are times and situations when this faith becomes particularly demanding. While preparing for the closing of the fraternity of Baba-Baghi, Francois casts an eye over the history of this fraternity and shares with us his feelings, convictions and reflections.  read more »

News from Alampundi, India (2009)

As he says himself in the text that follows, Anand has been in India for almost two decades. He has lived at the fraternity of Alampundi for the whole of this time, and during this period he has shared the life of people affected by suffering. But for a long time one particular environment has attracted him in a special way – the caste of the 'Untouchables' who are now referred to as the Dalit community. Joining them and living with them was impossible for a foreigner. It was mainly because of this that Anand asked for Indian citizenship. After a long and complicated process, he has finally obtained it.  read more »

News from Marrakesh, Morocco

After working 42 years as a blacksmith, in the heart of Marrakesh, Gaby had left for France because of ill health. He has now passed away (19.12.2009)  read more »

News from Warsaw, Poland

Our fraternity (one of three located in Poland) is in a very poor area of Warsaw (the capital), on a street with a bad reputation. The families there are often divided, and the people suffer greatly. For several years we have been the youngest fraternity in our Congregation (in terms of our ages), consisting of students who will soon be finishing their studies. There are usually three or four of us living here, and we welcome young men who are interested in the Fraternity.  read more »

News from Berdine (France)

Jean Michel has lived most of his life in a fraternity in Algeria. He has now been 5 years in a community helping people who need rehabilitation...  read more »

News from Santiago (Chile)

An update in the life of this fraternity. Today all three are retired, and a fourth brother, Enrique (Henry), who lived as a vagabond, has joined them. He is now severely disabled. This newsletter describes a little of this change in the life of the fraternity.  read more »

Visit to Murugaragara

The Fraternity of MurugaragaraThe Fraternity of Murugaragara
Murugaragara, (whose name means "beautiful view") is a straggling village of 250 to 300 people scattered over a large area.

The people live very poorly from agricultural work, a few banana trees, a little sorghum, maize, manioc, haricot beans, and all that with only a hoe as a tool.  read more »

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