CHARLES DE FOUCAULD: Prophet of the Universal Brotherhood

“In the desert we are never alone[1] “. This confirmation is that a lover of the Sahara, brother Charles of Jesus, Charles de Foucauld: it embodies the essence of his life in the desert, where he lived in worship before the Holy Sacrament, his true” treasure “. It was God’s presence and humility, but also the sacrament of love. He had chosen to “take his place as close as possible to Jesus of Nazareth, among the last, even though it meant being hidden and ‘useless’ in the infinity of the desert.[2] “.

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[1] J.-L. Maxence, The richness of the desert. Charles de Foucauld, Antoine de Saint-ExupéryPadua, Messaggero, 2005, 9.

[2] P. Poupard, “Prefazione”, in: R. Bazin, Charles de Foucauld. Explorer of Morocco, hermitage in the SaharaMilan, Paoline, 2005, 10. Cf. P. Vanzan, “Charles de Foucauld: testimonie de Cristo nel deserto”, Civil. cat. III 2006 136-144.

[3] P. Martinelli, Rapid meravigliosis. Francesco d’Assisi, Luigi Maria de Montfort, Charles de Foucauld, Teresa di Lisieux, Adrienne von Speyr, Paolo VIMilano, Terra Santa Editions, 2021, 123.

[4] Benedict XVI, “Blessing of the Servants of God: Charles de Foucauld, Maria Pia Mastena, Maria Crocifissa Curcio”, November 13, 2005.

[5] See P. Sourisseau, Charles de Foucauld. 1858-1916. BiographyCantalupa (Til), Effatà, 2018, 21.

[6] Ibid.77 sec.

[7] Ibid.81.

[8] Ibid.82.

[9] Ibid.83.

[10] Ibid., 71 sec. The last observation dates back to November 1897, during the retreat with the poor Clares in Nazareth.

[11] Ibid.74. This Testimony was given in 1927 and is found in the Postulation Archive: it refers to the Year 1885.

[12] See A. Pronzato, He sows nel desert. Charles de Foucauld. I. The Infantry. Giovinezza scapestrata. Morocco. The conversion. Caught her. Nazareth. Beni AbbesMilano, Gribaudi, 2004, 42.

[13] Cf. the first important biography of Charles de Foucauld, which contains many pages of his report: R. Bazin, up. cit.62; 114; to the travel diary, 20.-97.

[14] See A. Pronzato, up. cit.101.

[15] Ibid.102.

[16] See A. Chatelard, Charles de Foucauld. Back TamanrassetMagnano (Bi), Qiqajon, 2002, 31.

[17] P. Sourisseau, up. cit.137.

[18] Ibid.. Cf. Sl 106.1.

[19] Ibid.137 sec.

[20] L. Rosadoni, Charles de Foucauld. Universal FratelloTorino, Gribaudi, 1966, 53.

[21] Ch de Foucauld, The white nascosta. Ritiri and Terra Santa (1897-1900)Rome, Citta Nuova, 1974, 101.

[22] A. Chatelard, up. cit.35.

[23] P. Sourisseau, up. cit.143 sec.

[24] R. Bazin, up. cit.116.

[25] Ch de Foucauld, Letters to Madame de Bondy. From La Trappe to TamanrassetParis, Desclee de Brouwer, 1966, 36.

[26] A. Chatelard, up. cit.42.

[27] P. Sourisseau, up. cit.185.

[28] Ibid.184.

[29] Ibid.207.

[30] see ibid., 254 sec. For life in Nazareth, cf. Ch de Foucauld, Since Nazareth. My best friend in Terra SantaMilano, Terra Santa Editions, 2016.

[31] See P. Martinelli, up. cit.133.

[32] P. Sourisseau, up. cit.324.

[33] Cf. Brother Michael Davide, Charles de Foucauld. Explorers and prophets of universal brotherhoodCinisello Balsamo (Mi), San Paolo, 2016, 76.

[34] P. Sourisseau, up. cit.354.

[35] see ibid., 364.

[36] Ibid.366 sec.

[37] Ibid.367.

[38] Ibid.370. Ksouret are the houses in a village protected by ramparts, which one enters through a single door.

[39] Ibid.411.

[40] Ibid.418.

[41] Ibid.446. The term denotes a saint, a hermit, a man of God.

[42] see ibid., 469.

[43] see ibid.477.

[44] Ibid.four hundred and ninety-seven.

[45] Ibid.518.

[46] Ibid.571. See M. Carrouges, Charles de Foucauld. Mystical ExplorerRome, Castelvecchi, 2013, 5.

[47] P. Sourisseau, up. cit.608.

[48] Ibid.611.

[49] The association “Charles de Foucauld Spiritual Family” has about twenty groups: Cf. www.charlesdefoucauld.org/it/presentation.php

[50] François, “In the Footsteps of Charles de Foucauld,” Sainte-Marthe Sermon, 1.eh December 2016.

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