René VoillaumeRené Voillaume, born in Versailles on July 19, 1905 and dead on May 13, 2003 in Aix-en-Provence, is a French Catholic priest, theologian and founder of the Little Brothers of Jesus congregation in 1933, Little Brothers of the Gospel in 1956, then that of the Little Sisters of the Gospel in 1963 whose spirituality is inspired by the life and writings of blessed Charles de Foucauld.
At sixteen, Voillaume read a biography of Charles de Foucauld by René Bazin : it changed his life. In 1933, now a priest, he and four companions went to live in Algerian Sahara (then a French colony) in El Abiodh Sidi Cheikh oasis. It was the genesis of the Little Brothers of Jesus. "''Little we are before the task we have to accomplish. Little we shall be in the eyes of men also. All our lives we shall remain unprofitable servants, and we must wish to be so dealt with.''"
In 1952 he founded with Marguerite Poncet the fraternity Jesus Caritas, a secular women institute present today in the five continents. He helped as well Magdeleine of Jesus in the consolidation of the Little Sisters of Jesus and celebrated her funeral in November 1989 in Rome.
Father Voillaume was also the author of ''Contemplation today'' : "''All the great Christian contemplatives are unanimous in their testimony: whatever the spiritual path, the union with God is perceived by them as real, a more existential reality, more solid, more full of being and certainty than any other experience of the physical world. In this sense, it is true to say that contemplatives are the most realistic of men.''" Provided by Wikipedia
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