Charles de Foucauld

Charles de Foucauld, a witness to Jesus and his Gospel

Little sister Kathleen shares some insights into the life of Brother Charles. This talk was given in Montreal in 2016 as part of the centenary celebrations for Brother Charles.
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Charles de Foucauld in 1904-1905

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Talk given during a weekend retreat in Walsingham in October 2010.  read more »

From Pope Benedict, on the occasion of the Beatification of Brother Charles, November 13th 2005

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'Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Let us give thanks for the witness borne by Charles de Foucauld. In his contemplative and hidden life in Nazareth, he discovered the truth about the humanity of Jesus and invites us to contemplate the mystery of the Incarnation; in this place he learned much about the Lord, whom he wanted to follow with humility and poverty.

He discovered that Jesus, who came to join us in our humanity, invites us to universal brotherhood, which he subsequently lived in the Sahara, and to love, of which Christ gave us the example.'  read more »

6. Little sisters 'of no importance at all'

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In 1944, we introduced ourselves officially in front of Pius XII as 'Little Sisters of no importance at all.' and our Community as a working Congregation belonging to the social class of poor people and of ordinary manual workers.  read more »

5. Call to the lowest place

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Are you really aware that to be a true follower of Brother Charles of Jesus, you must be a living witness of his thought and of his desire to be totally poor, humble and lowly? Like Brother Charles of Jesus, you will have to live as the poor do and among the poor, in line with the Gospel.  read more »

4. Seeking the will of their Beloved Brother Jesus

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Brother charles wrote: 'The more we are united to the Church, the more we are united to the Holy Spirit who animates her - the more we will love him whose Body she is, our beloved Lord Jesus. 'It is in this spirit that the Little sisters will seek God's will for their lives.  read more »

3. Love for the people of Islam

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On account of Brother Charles who lived and died among the Moslem people of North Africa, the Little sisters will have a special concecration to their brothers and sisters of Islam.  read more »

2. Cry the Gospel with your life


Following Brother Charles of Jesus, 'the Universal Little Brother', the Little sisters will be ready to go to the ends of the world to 'Cry the Gospel not through words but through the whole of their lives.  read more »