I want all the people here, Christians, Muslims, Jews, non-believers, to look on me as their brother, the universal brother. They begin to call my house ‘the fraternity’ and this makes me happy.
Faith strips the mask from the world and reveals God in everything. It makes nothing impossible and renders meaningless such words as anxiety, danger, and fear, so that the believer goes through life calmly and peacefully, with profound joy- like a child, hand in hand with his mother.
Father of mine, I abandon myself to you, make of me that which is pleasing to you. Whatever you might do to me, I thank you.
~ Charles de Foucauld
For Foucauld and the Little Brothers, life in the desert was not a flight from the world but rather a school of love and prayer to learn to enter more deeply into humanity. Their goal was to shout the gospel not so much with their mouths as with their lives.
~ Brennan Manning (All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir)
Charles de Foucauld and Jesus Christ