Articles by LBJ

A glimpse of my life in Setubal

Setubal is in Portugal on the Atlantic coast south of Lisbon. It was in 1967 that two student brothers, Henrique and Domingo, arrived there. Thanks to the parish priest, they went to a slum area on the side of the hill that overlooks the town. Bonds of friendship were created, and in 1974, when the people of the area organised themselves to build proper homes after the fall of the dictatorship, the fraternity was integrated into it. About 300 families live there now. And that is where Luis and Henrique live; Luis works at the Higher Polytechnic Institute.  read more »

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 »

The common year

The idea of this time together is for us to get to know each other better, and deepen our understanding of our common inheritance.  read more »

Nazareth, a treasure buried in a field

Marc put these notes to paper following a 'presentation' for the Brothers of Central Africa during their regional meeting in September 2007. He is very aware of always repeating some of the same things, but one has never finished 'ruminating' on certain themes that are dear to us...  read more »

News from Berdine (France)

Jean Michel has lived most of his life in a fraternity in Algeria. He has now been 5 years in a community helping people who need rehabilitation...  read more »

News from Santiago (Chile)

An update in the life of this fraternity. Today all three are retired, and a fourth brother, Enrique (Henry), who lived as a vagabond, has joined them. He is now severely disabled. This newsletter describes a little of this change in the life of the fraternity.  read more »

Visit to Murugaragara

The Fraternity of MurugaragaraThe Fraternity of Murugaragara
Murugaragara, (whose name means "beautiful view") is a straggling village of 250 to 300 people scattered over a large area.

The people live very poorly from agricultural work, a few banana trees, a little sorghum, maize, manioc, haricot beans, and all that with only a hoe as a tool.  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 »