"To receive the grace of God you must go to the desert and stay awhile . . ."--Charles de Foucauld
Drawn from writings, sermons, and letters and including a brief biography, this collection offers a full introduction to Charles de Foucauld, French aristocrat and soldier in North Africa at the turn of the century, who experienced a radical conversion. de Foucauld, who died a martyr in the desert of Algiers, was, as Richard Rohr says, "one of those rare souls who leaves no one untouched and many transformed."
Charles was beautified on November 13th, 2005.
Blessed Charles' Prayer of Abandonment to God
Father, I abandon myself into Your hands; do with me what You will. Whatever You do I thank You. I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only Your will be done in me, as in all Your creatures, I ask no more than this, my Lord. Into Your hands I commend my soul; I offer it to You, O Lord, with all the love of my heart, for I love You, my God, and so need to give myself - to surrender myself into Your hands, without reserve and with total confidence, for You are my Father.
Robert Ellsberg is editor-in-chief of Orbis Books. His many books include All Saints, Blessed Are You Among Women and The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day.
Haunting, seductive, and pure-gospel! Charles de Foucauld is one of those rare souls who leaves no one untouched and many transformed.
- Richard Rohr, Center for Action & Contemplation
II ever we needed to hear the prophetic voice of Charles de Foucauld, it is now in our days of selfishness and confusion. His unfettered path to God is a marvel of holiness and pragmatism. Here is the fine introduction to his approach and thought that will lead many others to take Brother Charles into their hearts and lives.
- Paul Wilkes, author of The Seven Secrets of Successful Catholics