Little Brothers of Jesus in Asia

A tale from Alampundi, India

I am sharing with you something I learned from Krishnan, a friend of ours since the first days of the Alampundi Fraternity.  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 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 »

To each person his 'Dayenu'

Giang was asked to take charge of the formation of young men who enter the Fraternity in his Region. In order to provide this service he agreed to follow a course of "formation for formators". In this newsletter he describes this using the word "Dayenu" ("that would have sufficed for me"). This word is the reply that the Jewish people give during the Passover rite to the enumeration of all the benefits God has provided for his People. To each gift of the Lord they exclaim, "That would have been sufficed for me!" (Dayenu).  read more »

Among the disaster victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March 2011

After the earthquake in Japan on March 11th, 2011, and the tsunami that followed, the Bishop of Sendai, one of the dioceses in Japan that was most badly affected, asked (through a priest we knew) if Nozomi, of the fraternity of Wakayama, could free himself and come to his diocese to help. So Nozomi and Ludo travelled more than 1000 kilometres north and joined the teams who were already there serving the disaster victims. Ludo returned to Wakayama after a month, while Nozomi stayed for almost six months.  read more »