ASIA / HOLY COUNTRY – Patriarch Pizzaballa: here’s what Charles de Foucauld shows us, the saint who “seems to have done nothing”

ASIA / HOLY COUNTRY – Patriarch Pizzaballa: here’s what Charles de Foucauld shows us, the saint who “seems to have done nothing”

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Nazareth (Agenzia Fides) – The striking thing about Saint Charles de Foucauld’s Christian adventures is that during his life he “does not seem to have done anything”. He did not convert anyone, he founded nothing, he failed to realize any of his projects, he “brought no results”. Charles de Foucauld only loved Jesus and imitated him in everything, even to death. This is precisely why her story suggests to all the baptized that in order to be a church “it is not necessary to build great companies” that all church activity is only fruitful if and when it “springs from the meeting and from the love of Christ” , mens “
without the love of Christ there are only precious structures left of us, whether physical or human. “With these words and other evocative images, Bishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, wanted to remind brothers and sisters of the holy churches. Land the most intimate features of the spiritual history of the monk, recently canonized by Pope Francis, and what these features suggest about the dynamics of the apostolic mission today. Nazareth, in the Basilica of the Annunciation on Sunday, May 29. The liturgical celebration, led by Patriarch Pizzaballa, was attended by bishops and priests from other Catholic churches in the Holy Land, as well as Charles des Little Brothers and Sisters Foucauld and members of other religious communities inspired by Foucauld’s spirituality and the present You are in the land of Jesus today.
It was precisely in Nazareth, the patriarch remembered, that Charles de Foucauld spent important moments in his life, perhaps crucial to his conversion, to the point that part of the spirituality attributed to him is precisely called “the spirituality of Nazareth” or simply “Nazareth”. “A spirituality based on the family life that Joseph and Mary lived with Jesus, understood as the desire to live with Christ and in Christ in every moment and in every breath of one’s daily life, after meeting him.” Beloved, “he emphasized. the patriarch in his sermon, “is never known once and for all.” And to follow Christ means to keep seeking him every day, to want to see his face, to be able to recognize him in the lives of the little ones, to experience him. is a way made of comforts, but also of many dark moments, of questions that are not heard, of inner emptiness, of long waits, of purification, of silence. ”
It is precisely by following his expectation and his demand to see the work of Christ every day that Charles de Foucauld enters the heart of the mystery of the Church and its mission. “At that time, Bishop Pizzaballa notes, it was a new way of evangelizing: at a time when Western missionaries were traveling all over the world to bring the gospel in their own way, Charles de Foucauld wanted to go among the people to be evangelized. of them, by getting closer to them, by trying to learn their values, their ways of doing it, their culture, their language, their traditions.He felt like a brother to all, and foresaw what today is “a central theme in the life of the Church today. But his idea of ​​brotherhood was not based on vague or generic feelings. It was based on a direct relationship with Jesus and was based on that. “
“What is striking about this saint, the patriarch continues, is that he apparently did nothing. He repented no one, founded nothing, and by reading the archives of our monasteries in the Holy Land and the patriarchy, he did not fail in any of His projects, did not shock anyone at his testimony.Yes, perhaps by knowing a little about our ecclesiastical contexts, he should have been regarded as one of the somewhat strange persons who often frequent our churches in the Holy Land. In short, he is a saint who reports no results. None. And he dies murdered, trivial, like many today. The only criterion that allows us to measure his experience a little is love. Love for Christ made him to imitate him in everything, even to death. And true love, the patriarch remarked, is always generative, it always opens life and new horizons. This was also the case for Charles de Foucauld. After his death, just around him who had nothing n the conclusion in he s life, several congregations, movements, spiritual paths were born, inspired by his experience. Some of them are present here among us, in our church in Jerusalem.
Thanks to his unique journey of holiness, the patriarch continues, Charles de Foucauld also invites the Church of Jerusalem to free itself from the search for results at all costs, in order to succeed in our endeavors. He reminds us that in order to be a church, it is not necessary to build big companies. The life of the Church is refreshing when it springs from the encounter with Christ and His love. This is the first witness we are called to. Without love for Christ, all that is left of us is precious structures, whether physical or human. “In addition, Charles de Foucauld’s experience shows everyone that” to love Christ is to love man, where he is, as he is. is, without claim to anything, but by being close to him: in his work, in his family, in his questions, in his suffering, in his pain. Without claiming to provide solutions that are often not there, but by giving the love of Christ. And here, in the Holy Land, it means being by the side of every human being in their desire for life, in their thirst for righteousness, in their demand for dignity. It means asking for the strength of forgiveness, building friendships with all, wholeheartedly rejecting the idea of ​​an enemy, but wanting to become brothers with all. It means to love with everything believable and concrete.
For the new French saint, the men and women to whom he professes Christ in daily presence as the “universal brother” are the Muslims of the Maghreb countries. Charles de Foucauld – reminiscent of Patriarch Pizzaballa – also bequeathed “the search for a peaceful relationship with those who do not know Christ, and in particular with Islam, which marked his life so deeply and which is a topic so topical and necessary during this period” Not to repent, of course, but to testify of the love of Christ, which makes us all brothers and sisters. ” The former French soldier, who had lost all vital ties to Christianity in his teens, recalled the patriarch, among other things, began his journey by questioning his spiritual life precisely thanks to the contact “with these Islamic peoples, poor and religious”. A path that “then will lead him little by little to meet Christ, whom he would fall in love with and whom he will never leave”. People who did not know Christ led him to meet “Christ.” (GV) (Fides Agency, 30/5/2022)


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