To become a member of the Companions of Jesus of Nazareth is free. Becoming a member begins with a 24-month program, after which you may take a private promise (not a vow) to live your particular Foucauld vocation in a hidden and yet dynamic way, whatever your state of life may be. Consider it a call within a call. The lessons for the 24 months consist primarily of writings about Br. Charles and the spirituality of living the gospel in a life of intimacy with JESUS. Br. Charles, then, is simply like a signpost directing a way that happens to pass right where you live. It is an obscure, narrow way in your own little sphere of the world. Upon this ordinary, hidden way, one is driven by love for Jesus in every person and place He lives.
After reading, meditating, or digesting the month’s lesson from the provided reading program, you are asked to give your response, in any way appropriate to you, by sending it via email to the coordinator of The Companions of Jesus of Nazareth. Your response is not corrected, graded, or compared to anyone else. It will not be shared in any way, unless you give specific permission to do so. The length of your response is not important.
Each month we engage in a new lesson oriented to deepen a life of the Gospel, learn the charism of Brother Charles, and live in hidden communion and intimacy with Jesus; growing in our own Nazareth, just as Jesus grew up in that tiny village. Everything needed for the two-year (24 month) school of Nazareth is available for you on the Internet at no cost. You can begin the two-year period any time, as long as you follow the 24-month schedule.
Br. Charles wrote that “prayer is thinking of God while loving him.” The process of growth in prayer is a dance between knowledge and love. This program aims to foster a deeper life of prayer by building a minimum of theological knowledge to waltz with love. Through this growth, one ultimately aims at contemplation.