Lasallian Spirituality & Laity
St. John Baptist de La Salle was born in Reims, France on April 30th, 1651. “At 16, St. John Baptist de La Salle was named Canon of the Reims Cathedral, a position of great honor and financial benefit, and one that placed him on a course for high ecclesiastical power” (Christian Brothers Conference). After the death of his parents he completed his theological studies and was ordained a priest on April 9th, 1678. St. John Baptist de La Salle grew up in a wealthy family but for the majority of people this was not the case as “most of the people were extremely poor: peasants in the country, and slum dwellers in the towns. Only, a few could send their children to school; most children had little hope for the future” (IBCS). St. John Baptist de La Salle “found himself immersed in the world of the poor and their desperate need for education” (Christian Brothers Conference). He traveled establishing schools for the benefit of the poor children; he ended up referring to his school instructors as “Brothers.” Two years after his ordination, St. John Baptist de La Salle established the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools which is a “society of male religious…having for its object the personal sanctification of its members and the Christian education of youth, especially of the children of artisans and the poor” (Knight). St. John Baptist de La Salle died on April 7th, 1719. The spirituality of St. John Baptist de La Salle was built on four pillars: faith, compassion, prayer, and action. The first pillar, faith, is an aim for union with God. This pillar allows one to see, evaluate and act like Christ. “Your faith should be for you a light which guides you in all things, and a shining light for those whom you instruct, to lead them on the path to heaven” (Meditations No.178.1 qtd. in Rummery). Faith involves a “trusting providence in discerning God’s will [and allows us to be] centered in and nourished by the life of faith”...
Cited: Christian Brothers Conference. The LaSallian Mission. Christian Brothers Conference, 2008. Print.
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