Strasbourg, France, 15 September 1858 – Tamanrasset, Algeria, 1 Dec 1916
Charles De Foucald, said Brother Charles of Jesus (1858 – 1916), was killed during a raid in the Sahara, at Tamanrasset. He had chosen to live with the latest in the desert. He was beatified in St. Peter’s on November 13, 2005 under the papacy of Benedict XVI.
French army lieutenant stationed in Algeria in 1885 is exempted from service for maldisciplina aggravated by sregolatezza life.
Fascinated by North Africa, from rudezza of its inhabitants and the almost supernatural environment, he devoted part of his life to stealing their traditions and customs and, explorer of things in the world, became man in search of God. “For twelve years I lived without faith: nothing seemed sufficiently proven to me. The same faith that was followed by different religions so I appeared as the condemnation of every faith […]. For twelve years I was with nothing and denied believing anything, desperate now for the truth and not believing in God even more, very little appeared obvious. “
De Foncauld was born in Strasbourg on September 15, 1858. In 1876, he entered the military school of Saint-Cyr, after being released from service, during the revolt of Oran, he asked to be reinstated, and ended the military campaign, by resigning, dedicated himself to research and geographical exploration .
In 1886, he returned to France and fixed his abode in Paris. With determination and insistence, he researched faith in God, also trying in his works. “At the same moment when I began to believe that there was a God, including that I could not help but live for Him, my religious vocation dates back to the same hour of my faith.”
He now felt led to serve God and thus complete his conversion, rediscovering a simple faith, centered in Jesus, eternal sacrament of the Church. He decideed to remain faithful to God and his commandments. He searched for a life based on prayer and sull’umiltà. On the advice of his spiritual director, Father Huvelin, in 1888 visiting the holy places of Palestine and Jerusalem.
In January, 1889 he knocked on the door of the Trappists of Our Lady of Snow, in the diocese of Viviers. He become a Trappist monk and took the name Maria Alberico. In 1901, he was ordained a priest. And on October 28 of that year, he moved to Bénis-Abbès, territory bordering Algeria-Morocco. In 1905, the territory of Tamanrasset buildts a small Romitorio and then in 1910 a nell’Aschrem hermitage, top central dell’Haggar.
Bénis-Abbès launched new religious life of Brother Charles de Foucauld. His meditations and his withdrawal required silence and writing in order to enable the peoples of the Sahara to know the Christian truth: “The Évangile présenté aux pauvres du Sahara” (1903), “Règlement des Petits Frères du Sacré Coeur de Jésus” ( 1902).
Besides lifting them spiritually, they also think human protection against the incursions of bands of brigands (rezzau), from Algeria-Moroccan border and especially from Tripolitania.
His spirit entered an intimate relationship with God, a spirituality concentrated in the Eucharist and Christ Crucified. He refined the statutes of the foundation and the congregation of the Little Brothers of Jesus.
In 1968 the Holy See approved several different congredations which Father de Foucauld inspired: the The Little Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Fraternité des Soeurs de Jésus petites and Petits Frères de Jésus. There are also the Petites Soeurs de l’Evangile, l’Union des Nazaréennes du Père de Foucauld, the Petites Soeurs de Nazareth, the Petits Frères de l’Evangile and Petits Frères de la Croix.
The spiritual writings of Father de Foucauld inspired them to want to discover in themselves the intimate relationship with Christ of faith, a faith that can not be fed only by the breath of the moment, but must find the truth known and suspected Christian rock strong and secure. “Faith is what makes us believe from the depths of all the dogmas of religion, all the truths that religion teaches us, consequently the content of Sacred Scripture and the teachings of the Gospel: in a word, everything what we are proposed by the Church …”.
The life of Father de Foucauld ended tragically on December 1, 1916, when he was killed during an attack by raiders of the desert.
His numerous writings refer us his thoughts and his spirituality, we would like to sum up with these words: “Whatever may be my sadness when I put the foot of the altar and say to our Lord Jesus:” Lord, Thou art infinitely happy and nothing is missing you ‘, I can not help but add: “So too are happy and I am missing anything. Your happiness is enough for me” […]. It ‘the truth must be so, if we love our Lord. ”
“I propose that we keep in me the will to work to turn in Mary, in order to become another Mary alive and active.”
“God builds on anything. It ‘by his death that Jesus saved the world, is nothing of the apostles who founded the Church is with holiness and nothing of human resources. You conquer the sky and that the faith is spread. ”
Pray with Charles de Foucauld
MI FATHER TO YOU ABANDONMENT
Father, I abandon you, fa ‘me what you like. Whatever you do to me, thank you.
I am prepared to everyone, I accept everything, provided your will be done in me, and all your creatures:
I do not want anything else, my God.
Leave my soul in your hands you the gift, my God, with all the love in my heart because I love you.
And to me the need for love, donarmi to you,
to rely on your hands, without measure, with confidence infinita: Why You are my Father
ON ALL THE EARTH
Thy Kingdom throughout the world,
is in every soul …
are reminders to your service,
your grace reign
absolute mistress in every soul;
you only act in every soul
and all people
that does not live by yourself
and for you, lost in you …
It is certainly the greatest happiness
all men is this:
is what is most desirable for
and next to me.
Author: Giuseppe Gottardo
‘Saints to the Jubilee’ – Ed. Messaggero Padova
SOURCE: Santi e Beati