Charles de Foucauld in 1904-1905

Mass at the Trappist Monastery on the occasion of the Beatification of Brother CharlesMass at the Trappist Monastery on the occasion of the Beatification of Brother Charles Beatification

Charles de Foucauld was beatified three years ago. His cause took a long time. It started, I believe, in 1927. Many people undertook to advance it, but this was a very unorthodox and unaccustomed saint. Apart from anything else, he wrote so much, and when someone is going to be beatified or canonised, every word has to be analysed. Maurice Bouvier was really responsible for a labour of love in correlating so much material. But what shines through all that writing and all that activity, all those journeys and all those encounters with Touaregs, Arabs and Frenchmen, is the burning, intense love which occupied his soul. He was totally in love with Jesus, with a white heat of intensity. And he brought that same white heat of intensity to bear on everyone he met, caring about them more than they would ever know, and longing to be the humble means of their salvation.