The Word Among Us

July 2005 Issue

“When You Pray…”

Blessed Charles de Foucauld on the gift of prayer.

By: Charles de Foucauld

What makes a man give up worldly pleasures and ambitions for a life of heroic virtue and self-denial? For Charles de Foucauld, the French priest and missionary who was beatified this year on Pentecost Sunday, it was the realization that he was loved by God, whose very existence he had doubted.

The discovery set his heart aflame with love. Charles developed an intense prayer life and spent four years in Nazareth, praying before the...

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