Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Blessed Charles De Foucauld: Another saint for losers
I love Charles De Foucauld - a cad of a young man turned penitent, turned priest and hermit. He founded an order of religious but had no real followers until after his death. Oddly enough, the example of his life led to not a few monastic vocation crashes, yet his spirituality became closely identified with the hidden, silent, loving action of the disregarded Jesus of Nazareth in the Blessed Sacrament. He was killed, cast aside, with the monstrance containing the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, in the sands of the Sahara.
Blessed Charles ought to be the patron of new religious communities and failed religious founders. I always thought his main problem was the Poor Clare abbess, Mother Elizabeth, who pushed him to become a priest. Monks and priests - do not be misled by nuns. ;)