Charles de Foucauld

As soon as I believed

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As soon as I believed that there was a God, I understood that there was nothing else I could do but to live totally for him. My religious vocation dates from the same hour as my faith.
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To be rich and live in comfort

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To be rich and live in comfort among my possessions when you were poor, deprived, living in misery and burdened by heavy labour - I could not do it, O God, I could not love like that.
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How quickly someone will become poor

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My Lord Jesus, how quickly someone will become poor who, loving you with all their heart, cannot accept to be richer than their Beloved. How quickly they will become poor who accepts with faith your words: If you wish to be perfect, go and sell all you own and give the money to the poor. Blessed are the poor.
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Those who love can do anything

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Those who love can do anything. They can do all kinds of things that those who do not love exhaust themselves trying to do in vain.
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Master of the Impossible

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The weakness of human means is a source of strength. Jesus is the Master of the Impossible.

There most be no economising on good books

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There most be no economising on good books. If people consecrated to God, monks... feel the need right to the end of their lives, to read and reread the works of guides to the spiritual life and the lives of the saints who have gone before them, how much more must they need it who live in the world, in the midst of so many distracting occupations?
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They will take for their rule

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They will take for their rule to ask themselves in everything, what JESUS would think or say or do at their place, and then do it.

They will strive continually

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They will strive continually to become more and more like our Lord Jesus, taking for their model His life at Nazareth, which provides examples for all callings.
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My life goes on exactly the same way

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My life goes on exactly the same way. It is more and more secluded and silent, more and more hidden and lost to view. I am delighted to see myself becoming invisible.
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The people come at all hours

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Each night a number of soldiers come to the chapel for their evening prayers... The people come at all hours to ask for alms, while others come to pay friendly calls. God seems to have wanted to make the road to the chapel a familiar one.
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