Praying with Brother Charles

Something very small and simple

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What I am dreaming of is something very simple and small in numbers, something to resemble those simple communities of the Church’s early days. To lead the life of Nazareth, working humbly and contemplating Jesus, a little family, a little monastic household, something very small and simple.
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Truly believe

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Truly believe, with the faith which knows that nothing is impossible, which makes words like worry, danger or fear, lose all meaning.

It is love that should recollect you in me

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It is love that should recollect you in me interiorly and not being far from my children. See me in them, like me at Nazareth live close to them, lost in God.
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How closely you were keeping me

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O my God, how closely you were keeping me under your wings when I did not even believe you existed!

To pray means to gaze at you endlessly

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To pray means to gaze at you endlessly. How can the one who loves do otherwise than to be turned towards their loved one?
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I do not make any request for myself alone

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I do not make any request for myself alone. I do not say ‘my Father’ but ‘our Father. I do not say ‘my bread but ‘our bread’. I ask for nothing for myself alone, rather I am careful to ask for all people, for us all, children of Our Lord, loved by him, all of us, whom he has redeemed by his blood.
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Forgive us our debts

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Forgive us our debts. One cannot ask for forgiveness if one has not forgiven. Forgiveness like grace is something one does not ask for oneself alone, but for all people.
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