His vocation sets him apart, far away from his community, and draws him to the desert. Separated from the world for a while, he goes where the Spirit moves him.
No, he is a poor man who experiences his weakness. He is harassed, discouraged by persecution : « It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers » (1 Kings 19, 4) .
Some friendships go back to one’s youth, last a whole lifetime and mark life irrevocably.
This one is not common : Henri is 13 years old ; Therese died 10 years earlier or rather, « she entered life », as she said. We are in 1908 :