In spite of everything… a light

Lately I’ve been possessed by a feeling of the passing nature of things, and their uncertainty, and it’s driven me to live the present moment with greater awareness. The situation around us is really worrying. Our Bishops summed it all up well in their Christmas letter: “The Cuban people often feel as though they’re walking […]

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Our wishes, and a drawing

And so here we are, at the beginning of 2024…how quickly time passes! What do you wish for? This is the question we of the fraternity of Santiago de Chile asked ourselves. Our wishes? We’re expressing them to you with this drawing which we made together. It is the fruit of a time of prayer […]

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Gathering one’s steps

We closed the last fraternity in Mexico, after 70 years of presence in different parts of the country. We lived this moment of completion in a spirit of gratitude for all we experienced that was beautiful, and also of repentance for all we could have done better. Here is our account of our goodbye. “There […]

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A simple day

Many people live Br Charles’ intuitions: it’s what L Sr Norma from the community in Havana, Cuba discovers. « Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise… ». It’s with these words that we begin our prayer each morning, just as all kinds of noises surge surround us: the voice of the bread vendor, […]

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Risking a dream 

It can sometimes happen that a certitude takes root in your heart…. And then, without being aware of it, without even realizing it, that certitude grows and affirms itself. You can no longer hide it, drown it out nor reduce it to silence.  And this takes place even though reason might dictate otherwise, even though it […]

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Life in tandem

We are still basking in the joy of the canonization of Charles de Foucauld. Today, on the anniversary of his death, we’re celebrating his life and welcoming his message which is both still relevant and disconcerting: “be poor in everything, be brothers to the poor, friends of the poor,” because “true wealth lies in that […]

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