Living with Brother Charles

Every Christian must be an apostle

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Every Christian must be an apostle, this is not a counsel, it is a commandment. My apostolate must be an apostolate of goodness. On seeing me people should say to themselves, since this man is so good, his religion must be good. And if I am asked why I am so gentle and good I must reply, because I am the servant of the One whose goodness is still greater. If only you knew how good my Master Jesus is!
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This is the path of union

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If I were able, but I am not, to do otherwise than to loose myself totally in union with God’s divine will, I would want to choose for myself complete lack of success and perpetual solitude and failure in everything. This is the path of union with the lowliness and the cross of our Beloved God, which has always seemed to me desirable above all other ways.
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The person who lives by faith

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The person who lives by faith is full of new thoughts, new tastes, new judgements. New horizons open before them and necessarily, they begin a new life.
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Real faith causes every impossibility to disappear

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Real faith causes every impossibility to disappear. It makes a nonsense of those words, anxiety, danger and fear. It makes us walk through life with calm peace and deep joy, like a child holding its mother’s hand.
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You made me feel a painful emptiness,

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You made me feel a painful emptiness, a sadness I've never felt before. This sadness and this restlessness was Your gift. How far I was from realising it.
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Let me choose this forsaken land

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Let me choose this forsaken land and settle here, let me make my home among the Tuareg, as deep into the heart of the country as possible and bring Jesus to those who do not know him.
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As soon as I believed

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As soon as I believed that there was a God, I understood that there was nothing else I could do but to live totally for him. My religious vocation dates from the same hour as my faith.
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To be rich and live in comfort

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To be rich and live in comfort among my possessions when you were poor, deprived, living in misery and burdened by heavy labour - I could not do it, O God, I could not love like that.
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How quickly someone will become poor

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My Lord Jesus, how quickly someone will become poor who, loving you with all their heart, cannot accept to be richer than their Beloved. How quickly they will become poor who accepts with faith your words: If you wish to be perfect, go and sell all you own and give the money to the poor. Blessed are the poor.
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