( feast celebrated on December 1st )
Quotes of Bd Charles de Foucauld for our 9-day novena:
1 — RESEMBLE JESUS
As soon as I believed in God, I understood that I could not do otherwise than to live for him alone.
Let us go back to the Gospel; if we do not live the Gospel, Jesus does not live in us.
I would like to be sufficiently good that people would say, “If such is the servant, what must the Master be like?”
We do good, not according to the measure of what we say or do, but according to the measure of what we are… according to the measure in which Jesus lives in us.
To resemble Jesus even more…
2 — DECREASE
To give up everything in spirit, to be detached in heart from everything, to be poor in spirit, void of all attachment, is absolutely essential to be a disciple of Jesus.
Our annihilation is the most powerful way that we have to unite with Jesus and to do good for the souls.
When the grain of corn falls to the earth and it doesn’t die, it stays alone, but when it dies it bears a lot of fruit; I haven’t died, I am alone… Pray for my conversion so that I can die and bear fruit.
The more we empty ourselves, the more God fills us with His grace… gives Himself fully to us
3 — MISSION
In order to save us God came to us and involved Himself with us in the most familiar and close contact. For the salvation of souls, He is still coming to us, involving Himself with us, living with us in closest contact, each day and each hour in the Holy Eucharist. Thus we ought to work for the salvation of souls, go out to meet them, involve ourselves with them, live with them in familiar and close contact.
I teach you first of all that one can do good to men, much good, infinite good, divine good, without words, without sermons, without noise, in silence and by giving good example… What example? That of piety, of our duties towards God lovingly accomplished, of kindness to all men, of tenderness for those around us…
To love, what is it? ….It is to desire passionately ….. the welfare of the beloved.
4 — METHOD
Work for the sanctification of the world… without words, in silence… carry along the Gospel not by preaching it by word of mouth but preaching it by example, not by announcing but by living it.
People at a distance from Jesus, should, without books or words, come to know the Gospel by observing my life. Seeing me, they should see what Jesus is.
We must neither act without praying nor pray without acting when we have the means of acting.
5 — EUCHARIST
How this infinite grace of the Holy Eucharist should make us love a God so good, a God so near to us. How the Holy Eucharist should make us tender, kind, for all.
Gazing on Jesus in love is the only thing that is necessary and that He loves best…. if we only understood what happiness there….to be at His feet and look at Him.
Faith… would wish to spend its whole life motionless at the foot of the tabernacle.
6 — THE DESERT
One has to pass through the desert and sojourn there to receive the grace of God; it is there that one empties oneself, that one drives away from oneself all that is not God and that one completely empties the little house of our soul, to leave space for God alone… It is a time of grace, a period through which every soul must necessarily pass that wishes to bear fruit… Intimate life with God, a turning of the soul to God, in faith, hope and charity…. One can only give what one has and it is in solitude, in this life, alone with God alone… that God gives himself completely to the one who gives himself completely to Him. Do not fear that you are neglecting your duties towards creatures; on the contrary, it’s the only means you have of serving them effectively.
The desert is only a very short passage, a time of purification and test, abounding in grace… where one receives the law of God… God is always there with us… there God speaks to us and always gives us guidance.
7 — FRIENDSHIP
To make myself everything to all: laugh with those who laugh, weep with those who weep, to bring them all to Jesus.
To place myself at the disposition of all, to draw them all to Jesus.
I am not here to convert the Tuaregs but to try and understand them.
8 — BROTHERHOOD
We are all sons of the Most High! All of us … the poorest, the most repugnant, a new-born child, a decrepit old man, the least intelligent human being….. an idiot, madman, a sinner… the one who is most repugnant physically and morally, is a child of God.
We are all sons of the Most High! How we ought to esteem every human being, How we ought to love every human being! He is a child of God…. Let us love this man as God loves him every moment of his life.. Let us esteem, let us love every man from the bottom of our heart, because of God, our common Father.
Let us not worry about those who want for nothing, those who people think of, let us worry and be concerned of those who lack everything, those nobody thinks of. Let us be the friends of those who have no friends.
To be the friend of everyone, good and bad, to be the universal brother.
9 — TRUST IN GOD
I try to do the will of Jesus from day to day and am in great interior peace.
My God, you will not leave us in darkness when we have need of light… You will watch over us and lead us by the hand, without our being aware of it and when our souls need light, you will always give it.
God guides the one who has confidence in Him. God leads us along such unexpected paths! Only let us be faithful and let ourselves be carried along with great love.
It is through reason and the Gospel, with enlightenment from the Holy Spirit, that God lights the way for us.
Think that you are going to die a martyr, stripped of everything, stretched out on the ground, naked, hardly recognizable, covered with blood and wounds, violently and painfully killed…and wish it to be today…Think of this death often, prepare yourself for it and judge things at their true value.
Litany of Bd Charles de Foucauld
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Bd Charles de Foucauld, Orphaned at the age of six, pray for us.
Bd Charles de Foucauld, Raised by your grandfather, pray for us.
Bd Charles de Foucauld, Seeker of God after having lost faith, pray for us.
Bd Charles de Foucauld, Lover of poverty and self-giving, pray for us.
Bd Charles de Foucauld, True brother to all who drew close to you, pray for us.
Bd Charles de Foucauld, Friend of the furthest removed and the most abandoned, pray for us.
Bd Charles de Foucauld, Neighbor to the Tuaregs in the Sahara, pray for us.
Bd Charles de Foucauld, Priest of Jesus Christ, pray for us.
Bd Charles de Foucauld, Missionary hermit, pray for us.
Bd Charles de Foucauld, Adorer of Jesus in solitude, pray for us.
Bd Charles de Foucauld, Pursuer of deep intimacy with Jesus, pray for us.
Bd Charles de Foucauld, Shouting the Gospel with your life, pray for us.
Bd Charles de Foucauld, Opponent of slavery, pray for us.
Bd Charles de Foucauld, Warrior against injustice, pray for us.
Bd Charles de Foucauld, Humble and totally dependent on the Lord, pray for us.
Bd Charles de Foucauld, Desiring only the will of the Father, pray for us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.
Let us pray:
Lord and Father of all, you yearn for us to desire intensely a deep, personal communion with You. Bd Charles de Foucauld lived simplicity and poverty in order to help him seek this communion, while striving to reflect Your self-giving love to all whom he encountered. Fill us with the power of your Holy Spirit, and through the intercession of Bd Charles, may we see the Face of Christ in all we meet, and reflect to them your power, love, mercy and tenderness. We ask You this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen
Prayer of Abandonment (composed by Bd Charles)
I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me,
and in all your creatures –
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul:
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.