Works of Mercy
Zwijsen had learned that he should be careful. The fast and uncontrolled growth of the sisters congregation founded in 1832 had given him many problems. Still, one cannot say that the brothers congregation was acting cautiously, nor that it developed slowly. After the foundation in 1844, both Zwijsen and the brothers took on all types of projects. At that time they spoke of “works of charity” and “works of mercy”. Nowadays we would perhaps rather talk about “social projects” and “development assistance”. It is interesting to see what those very first brothers were actually doing in the Netherlands and in Belgium.