Saint Charles Day

I don’t know much about this desert father, but what I do know, I like. Pope Francis likes him, I think. A social media friend alerted me to his day of martyrdom today.

In Christianity there are many prayers of “abandonment.” These aren’t really an expression of loss of God. Soon-to-be-saint Charles de Foucauld prays of turning his whole life over to God.

Maybe it’s a stretch, but I think this is quite suitable for an early day in Advent:

I abandon myself into your hands.
Do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you;
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your Will be done in me, and in all your creatures.
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul.
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself
to surrender myself into your hands
without reserve and with boundless confidence
For you are my Father.

Boundless confidence? That’s a quality for a real saint. Hope to obtain it someday.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Saint Charles Day

  1. John Donaghy says:

    I just finished reading a nice short work on Saint Charles by a member of the Little Sisters of Jesus, one of the congregations inspired by his life and writings: Little Sister Kathleen of Jesus, The Universal Brother: Charles de Foucauld speaks to us today, published by New City Press.
    My ordination stole bears the heart and cross that Saint Charles had on his habit.

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