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A Ministry of Friendship

Introduction

One of the great characteristics in the life of Jesus which I pick up from the Gospels is that Jesus had many friends and loved parties. "Of course he loved parties", said a Jewish friend of mine - "He was a good Jew".  read more »

A new way of being together

"FAITH gives us new vision, new tastes, new ways of living".
So wrote 'Brother Charles of Jesus', as Charles de Foucauld came to call himself. That was in Nazareth, in 1900, where Charles was exploring for himself (and for us in our here-and-now - for Charles was always conscious of those who would follow the furrow he was tracing) the meaning and implications of his re-discovered faith as a follower of Jesus.  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 »

Among the Believers. Insights for dialogue

'Among the believers', Interview in the Tablet , 19th June 2010. Michel Cupers, a little brother of Jesus, tells James Roberts of a reading of the Qur'an, which could bring new mutual respect between the three Abrahamic faiths.  read more »

Charles de Foucauld, a man for today

Brother Ian places Charles in his own historical period. He points out however, how although he was a man of his own times he has a clear message for today through his unambiguous focus on the person of Jesus.  read more »

For you, who am I? - Postscript

Marc hoped that I could adapt the language of this section of his letter, written within a community of men, all of whom aspire to be 'brother', for more 'inclusive' use  read more »

Jean Vanier meets Little Sisters in Tre Fontane

Jean VanierJean Vanier

Jean Vanier visits the Little sisters at their General House in Tre Fontane, Rome.  read more »

Love is Stronger than Tension and Division

To Bishop François Blondel of Viviers...

...I give thanks for the witness of contemplative and apostolic life of the humble, poor hermit of Hoggar, who was set on following Jesus of Nazareth.  read more »

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Nazareth weekend with Little Brother Marc

"I lost my heart to Jesus of Nazareth”

I was invited to speak about “Nazareth”. Of course this is a central theme in the spirituality of Charles de Foucauld: like Brother Charles we were all seduced by the “human face of God at Nazareth” as Emmanuel Asi says. So I guess that nothing new will come out, but it is always important to come back to the source and drink fresh water.

My presentation will have 3 points:

- to look at how Charles de Foucauld’s conception of Nazareth evolved;

- to go through the Gospel and see what does that mean for Jesus to be a man of Nazareth;

- some fundamental attitudes to enter into the dynamic of Nazareth.  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 »