Charles de Foucauld

« Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, thank You for revealing Yourself to our eyes, for giving Yourself to us, for giving us Your infinite presence, in Your Most Holy Eucharist, on the Blessed Altar. Thank You for giving Yourself, for revealing Yourself, for remaining with us all day, all night, at any hour, all our life, thus transforming our life into a truly divine life. Thank You Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, for this excess of goodness, this excess of happiness” (Charles de Foucauld).

Blessed Charles De Foucauld (Brother Charles of Jesus) (standing, on the left, right at the bottom).
He was born on September 15th 1858 in Strasburg and called back to God on December 1st 1916 in the Algerian Desert. He was beatified in 2005 by Benedict XVI. His feast day is on December 1st.
He was an officer with the French Army, and as he lived a very hectic life, he experienced a radical conversion, was ordained a priest, and became a hermit in different parts of Algeria, Morocco, and also for a while in Nazareth. He lives a great devotion to the Holy Family, which he sees as portraying the ideal vow of poverty. His devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is passionate (of which he carries the image on his religious habit) and, in 1889, he dedicates himself to this Divine Heart in the Sacred Heart Basilica in Paris.