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December 1st, 2019 - 08:54 AM
Dec 1 - “Bl. Charles de Foucauld” © icon by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM. Happy Feast Day Charles!
Charles de Foucauld lived as a hermit in Northern Africa. The black rocks behind him in the icon represent the volcanic formations of the Hoggar highlands. Although he was a hermit, he lived in the midst of the Muslim Tuareg tribes. He was shot in the village of Tamanrasset on December 1, 1916.
After his death, others have been inspired by his example to take the ancient ideal of monastic life and reapply it to the peculiar needs of our age. Rather than live in secluded cloisters, these men and women live in the midst of the world... a gypsy caravan, industrial slums, poor villages. Like Charles, they were contemplatives, not aggressive missionaries. They show the world that the deserts of our time are not natural environments, but products of industrial civilization.
His feast day is December 1.