Prayer and Adoration

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Little Sisters of Jesus in Italy, Tre Fontane, Rome

Tre Fontane is the family house of the Little sisters of Jesus and their world-wide centre in Rome.  read more »


In the fishing village of Wakkanai

WakannaiWakannai

A sharing about life today in Wakannai, facing the Russian islands of Sakhalin.  read more »

The Prayer of the Poor

Flaubert at work; (Cameroon)Flaubert at work; (Cameroon)

Brother Rene Voillaume writes: Each time I find myself either at the Holy Sepulchre or here in the Garden of Olives, I feel obsessed by the mission of prayer which is that of our fraternities, its importance for each Little Brother and Sister.

In my letter from Mar-Elias I have already commented on how our prayer, must be the prayer of the poor, of those who strain and suffer. Yet, I cannot refrain from returning to the subject: I have something more to say to you tonight.  read more »

Prayer of Abandon

 

"Abba, Daddy,
I abandon myself into your hands... with boundless confidence"

The Foucauld family prayer that arose from Brother Charles' meditation on Jesus' words on the cross...  read more »

Prayer: writing it down

When I was young I learned that prayer was "the raising up of the heart and mind to God." Since then nothing has happened to change this view of prayer although much has happened to expand it. I now see prayer as the expression of the relationship between me and God, a complete abandonment to him.  read more »

Sharing Life and Contemplation

A contemplative life and incessant activity

I will try briefly to answer your questions: How can one lead a truly authentic contemplative life while working amidst the incessant activity of life in a city or wherever? And how do the Little Brothers do this?  read more »

The foundation of this twofold family

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Jesus wills that I work for the foundation of this twofold family. How? By prayer, by sacrifice, by death, by growing in holiness: basically, by loving him.
 read more »

The best prayer

CdF old face
Prayer is just conversation with God: listening to him; speaking with him; gazing upon him in silence. The best prayer is the one in which there is the most love. Adoration, wordless admiration, that is the most eloquent form of prayer: that wordless admiration which contains the most passionate declaration of love.
 read more »

The evangelisation that I am called to live

CdF face 1
The evangelisation that I am called to live is not through the word but through the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, the offering of the sacrifice of the Mass. It is through prayer and penance and the practice of the Gospel virtues - love, fraternal and universal love, sharing even my last mouthful of bread with every poor person, with every visitor, every stranger, and welcoming each person as a beloved brother or sister.
 read more »

A school of life: the 'Prayer of Abandon' of Charles de Foucauld

The last photo of Charles de FoucauldThe last photo of Charles de Foucauld

In this article I will draw on many of Br Antoine Chatelard's insights and in particular, those about de Foucauld's well known Prayer of Abandon.  read more »

Little Sisters of Jesus in France. Le Tubet, our family house.

Tubet ChapelTubet Chapel

Little sister Magdeleine received this house as a Christmas present in 1940, one year after she had founded the Little sisters of Jesus in Touggourt, Algeria. It was a real miracle as at that time she had nowhere to house her little community. Generations of Little sisters have stayed there who consider it to be their ‘family house’.  read more »

Liturgy for the Votive Mass for Blessed Brother Charles of Jesus, 1st December

Pope Benedict at Brother Charles' BeatificationPope Benedict at Brother Charles' Beatification

Texts proposed by the postulator, Father Maurice Bouvier, for the Votive Mass of Blessed Brother Charles on the 1st December.  read more »

Prayer to obtain a favour through the intercession of Brother Charles - Father de Foucauld

Charles de Foucauld discovered the infinite greatness of God's love by contemplating the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

We are invited to pray through his intercession for our intentions.  read more »

5 - In memory of Rene Voillaume 1905 -2003, His Message

2001 Brother Rene Voillaume in Canada2001 Brother Rene Voillaume in Canada

Brother Rene shares the insights of his faith and convictions.  read more »

Brother Charles' Prayer of Abandonment is Jesus' prayer

Br Charle's prayerBr Charle's prayer

This prayer invites us to unite ourselves to Jesus. It seeks to trace a path for our life’s journey with God and with humanity. It is the path which Jesus travelled before us. We are encouraged to give ourselves in confident abandonment to the Father.  read more »

My prayer has always been

LSM 1985 face
My prayer has always been, Lord, send me any number of trials and any amount of suffering, but allow me to be always in perfect harmony with your Church.
 read more »

It's the same thing every day

CdF face 1
It's the same thing every day, poor people, sick people, one after the other. I reproach myself interiorly for not spending enough time in prayer and purely spiritual things. By day people never stop knocking at my door, and at night when it would be a good time for it I fall asleep like a wretch.
 read more »

Let us be persons of desire and of prayer

CdF old face
Let us be persons of desire and of prayer. Let us never believe anything to be impossible: God can do all.

I do not make any request for myself alone

CdF old face
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.
 read more »

Forgive us our debts

CdF old face
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.
 read more »

To pray means to gaze at you endlessly

CdF old face
To pray means to gaze at you endlessly. How can the one who loves do otherwise than to be turned towards their loved one?
 read more »

How closely you were keeping me

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

What is impossible for humans is possible for God

CdF old face
What is impossible for humans is possible for God: 'Caritas omnia sperat' - 'Love hopes for everything'. God loves and can do anything. God respects the freedom God gave to humankind but God does not hold back when freely giving graces. God's grace can be such that it overturns all obstacles and brings the calm after the storm. Let us know how to obtain powerful graces from the one who said: 'Ask and you shall receive' and 'When two or more of you are gathered in prayer, I am among you.'
 read more »

It's the same thing every day

CdF old face
It's the same thing every day, poor people, sick people, one after the other. I reproach myself interiorly for not spending enough time in prayer and purely spiritual things. By day people never stop knocking at my door, and at night when it would be a good time for it I fall asleep like a wretch.
 read more »

It is love that should recollect you in me

CdF old face
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.
 read more »

Truly believe

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

Little Sisters of Jesus in Italy, Tre Fontane, Rome

Tre Fontane is the family house of the Little sisters of Jesus and their world-wide centre in Rome.  read more »


In the fishing village of Wakkanai

WakannaiWakannai

A sharing about life today in Wakannai, facing the Russian islands of Sakhalin.  read more »

The Prayer of the Poor

Flaubert at work; (Cameroon)Flaubert at work; (Cameroon)

Brother Rene Voillaume writes: Each time I find myself either at the Holy Sepulchre or here in the Garden of Olives, I feel obsessed by the mission of prayer which is that of our fraternities, its importance for each Little Brother and Sister.

In my letter from Mar-Elias I have already commented on how our prayer, must be the prayer of the poor, of those who strain and suffer. Yet, I cannot refrain from returning to the subject: I have something more to say to you tonight.  read more »

Prayer of Abandon

 

"Abba, Daddy,
I abandon myself into your hands... with boundless confidence"

The Foucauld family prayer that arose from Brother Charles' meditation on Jesus' words on the cross...  read more »

Prayer: writing it down

When I was young I learned that prayer was "the raising up of the heart and mind to God." Since then nothing has happened to change this view of prayer although much has happened to expand it. I now see prayer as the expression of the relationship between me and God, a complete abandonment to him.  read more »

Sharing Life and Contemplation

A contemplative life and incessant activity

I will try briefly to answer your questions: How can one lead a truly authentic contemplative life while working amidst the incessant activity of life in a city or wherever? And how do the Little Brothers do this?  read more »

The foundation of this twofold family

CdF old face
Jesus wills that I work for the foundation of this twofold family. How? By prayer, by sacrifice, by death, by growing in holiness: basically, by loving him.
 read more »

The best prayer

CdF old face
Prayer is just conversation with God: listening to him; speaking with him; gazing upon him in silence. The best prayer is the one in which there is the most love. Adoration, wordless admiration, that is the most eloquent form of prayer: that wordless admiration which contains the most passionate declaration of love.
 read more »

The evangelisation that I am called to live

CdF face 1
The evangelisation that I am called to live is not through the word but through the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, the offering of the sacrifice of the Mass. It is through prayer and penance and the practice of the Gospel virtues - love, fraternal and universal love, sharing even my last mouthful of bread with every poor person, with every visitor, every stranger, and welcoming each person as a beloved brother or sister.
 read more »

A school of life: the 'Prayer of Abandon' of Charles de Foucauld

The last photo of Charles de FoucauldThe last photo of Charles de Foucauld

In this article I will draw on many of Br Antoine Chatelard's insights and in particular, those about de Foucauld's well known Prayer of Abandon.  read more »

Little Sisters of Jesus in France. Le Tubet, our family house.

Tubet ChapelTubet Chapel

Little sister Magdeleine received this house as a Christmas present in 1940, one year after she had founded the Little sisters of Jesus in Touggourt, Algeria. It was a real miracle as at that time she had nowhere to house her little community. Generations of Little sisters have stayed there who consider it to be their ‘family house’.  read more »

Liturgy for the Votive Mass for Blessed Brother Charles of Jesus, 1st December

Pope Benedict at Brother Charles' BeatificationPope Benedict at Brother Charles' Beatification

Texts proposed by the postulator, Father Maurice Bouvier, for the Votive Mass of Blessed Brother Charles on the 1st December.  read more »

Prayer to obtain a favour through the intercession of Brother Charles - Father de Foucauld

Charles de Foucauld discovered the infinite greatness of God's love by contemplating the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

We are invited to pray through his intercession for our intentions.  read more »

5 - In memory of Rene Voillaume 1905 -2003, His Message

2001 Brother Rene Voillaume in Canada2001 Brother Rene Voillaume in Canada

Brother Rene shares the insights of his faith and convictions.  read more »

Brother Charles' Prayer of Abandonment is Jesus' prayer

Br Charle's prayerBr Charle's prayer

This prayer invites us to unite ourselves to Jesus. It seeks to trace a path for our life’s journey with God and with humanity. It is the path which Jesus travelled before us. We are encouraged to give ourselves in confident abandonment to the Father.  read more »

My prayer has always been

LSM 1985 face
My prayer has always been, Lord, send me any number of trials and any amount of suffering, but allow me to be always in perfect harmony with your Church.
 read more »

It's the same thing every day

CdF face 1
It's the same thing every day, poor people, sick people, one after the other. I reproach myself interiorly for not spending enough time in prayer and purely spiritual things. By day people never stop knocking at my door, and at night when it would be a good time for it I fall asleep like a wretch.
 read more »

The Eucharist means God in us

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The Eucharist means God in us, God with us, God increasingly giving himself to us.

Let us be persons of desire and of prayer

CdF old face
Let us be persons of desire and of prayer. Let us never believe anything to be impossible: God can do all.

I do not make any request for myself alone

CdF old face
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.
 read more »

To pray is to think about Jesus

CdF old face
To pray is to think about Jesus and love him. The more we love the better we pray.

Forgive us our debts

CdF old face
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.
 read more »

To pray means to gaze at you endlessly

CdF old face
To pray means to gaze at you endlessly. How can the one who loves do otherwise than to be turned towards their loved one?
 read more »

How closely you were keeping me

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

What is impossible for humans is possible for God

CdF old face
What is impossible for humans is possible for God: 'Caritas omnia sperat' - 'Love hopes for everything'. God loves and can do anything. God respects the freedom God gave to humankind but God does not hold back when freely giving graces. God's grace can be such that it overturns all obstacles and brings the calm after the storm. Let us know how to obtain powerful graces from the one who said: 'Ask and you shall receive' and 'When two or more of you are gathered in prayer, I am among you.'
 read more »

It's the same thing every day

CdF old face
It's the same thing every day, poor people, sick people, one after the other. I reproach myself interiorly for not spending enough time in prayer and purely spiritual things. By day people never stop knocking at my door, and at night when it would be a good time for it I fall asleep like a wretch.
 read more »

It is love that should recollect you in me

CdF old face
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.
 read more »

Truly believe

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