Saturday, 15 May 2010

Saint John Baptist de la Salle - 3 Cl.


He studied theology at the Sorbonne. Inspired by God to give a Christian education to the poor, he founded the Brothers of the Christian Schools which soon spread throughout the world. In private life he treated himself with extreme rigour, and died full of merits and years in AD. 1719.


O God, who didst raise up the holy confessor John Baptist to promote the Christian education of the poor and to confirm the young in the way of truth, and through him didst beget a new family within Thy Church; mercifully grant through his prayers and example, that we may burn with zeal for Thy glory in the salvation of souls, and become worthy to share in his heavenly crown. Through our Lord...

'Blessed is the man that is found without blemish, and that hath not gone after gold, nor put his trust in treasures...' (Ecclesiasticus 31:8>)

"I will often consider myself as an instrument which is of no use except in the hands of the workman. Hence I must await the orders of Providence before acting and be careful to accomplish them when unknown."

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