The “Our” in “Our Father”

Charles de FoucauldI do not make any request for myself alone. I do not say ‘my Father’ but rather ‘our Father.’ I do not say ‘my bread’ but rather ‘our bread.’ I ask for nothing for myself alone, but I rather am careful to ask for all people, for us all, children of our Lord, loved by him, all of us, whom he has redeemed by his blood.
Blessed Charles de Foucauld  (1858–1916)

Sanctify the World

Brother Charles[Jesus says,] Without speech, in silence go and establish places of pious retreat in the midst of those who do not know Me. Carry Me among them… Bring the Gospel there, not by preaching it by mouth, but preaching it by example; not proclaiming it, but living it. Sanctify the world. Bring Me to the world.
Blessed Charles de Foucauld  (1858–1916)

The Spring Can Only Give What It Already Has

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The soul will bring forth fruit in exactly the measure in which the inner life is developed in it. If there is no inner life, however great may be the zeal, the lofty intention, the hard work, no fruit will come forth; it is like a spring that would give out sanctity to others but cannot, having none to give; one can only give that which one has.
Blessed Charles de Foucauld  (1858–1916)

Not Asleep, Fighting for Justice

Charles de Foucauld and freed slavesWe must stand up for the rights of our neighbour who is suffering from injustice. We must defend them all the more vigorously because we see Jesus present in them. This undoubtedly is our duty because of our love for others for Christ’s sake. We have no right to be ‘sleeping watchmen’ or dumb watchdogs [cf. Is 56:10]. Whenever we see evil we must sound the alarm.
Blessed Charles de Foucauld  (1858–1916)