Letters from the Desert
By: Carlo Carretto
Thirtieth Anniversary Edition
"A classic is a work that has a surplus of meaning: it speaks from its own age and now spills over to nourish those of later times. Letters from the Desert is that kind of work." - Lawrence S. Cunningham
At the age of 44, after a prominent career as a Catholic activist in Italy, Carlo Carretto was summoned by a voice that said: "Leave everything, come with me into the desert. I don't want your action any longer, I want your prayer, your love."
Carretto responded by leaving for North Africa, where he joined the Little Brothers of Jesus and embraced the example of Charles de Foucauld. Among the fruits of Brother Carlo's response to his calling is Letters from the Desert, the first and most popular of his many books. Its affirmative message has inspired countless readers in a dozen languages. Simply, it reminds us that in the evening of our lives we will be judged by love.