Carlo Carretto: An Autobiography

9780006276562: Carlo Carretto: An Autobiography

This "autobiography" of Carretto was compiled by his close friend and literary executor, Gian Carlo Sibilia. For 25 years Sibilia was entrusted with the editing of his writings. Sibilia records the experiences of Carretto's life from his writings and his own recollections. Carretto emerges as a spiritual giant of the 20th-century Church, committed to a path of holy poverty and prayer. Carlo Carretto was born in Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy, on April 2nd 1910. He was the third of six children, four of whom entered the religious life. Trained as a teacher, in 1945 he was summoned to Rome by Pope Pius XII to organize the National Association of Catholic Teachers. In 1946 he became president of Catholic Youth Action and later, of Catholic Action. He resigned in 1953 after yet another dispute with the Italian Right and joined the Little Brothers of Jesus in Algeria. He spent ten years in their community in the desert before returning to lead another community in Perugia, Italy. He built a thriving community until his death in 1988. Gian Carlo Sibilia is the prior of the Little Brothers and Little Sisters of the Communita Jesus Caritas and director of the spiritual magazine, "Famiglia Charles de Foucauld".

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Few books have touched me as deeply as these words of Little Brother Carlo Carretto. I have been on a serious religious journey for over 50 years. these healing and inspired reflections have resonated and confirmed my own deepest spiritual experience. they have fed my soul. -Morton Kelsey

AUTHOR In a world that is often so cold and dark we yearn for the warmth and light of God. the reflections contained in bring us closer to the Lord's fire. As we read this collection we no longer feel alone

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