The spirituality of saint John Baptist de la Salle

The spirituality of saint John Baptist de la Salle
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  • De La Salle recognizes God through the life stories of different saints introduced to him by his grandmother, Bianca.
  • De La Salle studies under St. Sultice Ceminary. Here, he experiences pastoral and spiritual transformation. After a while, he attends to the needs of his siblings to watchover and care for.
  • De La Salle decides to build up a school in Reims, providing schooling for the poor. Adrian Nyel contributed to fund the school and proposed charity projects.
  • Continuing his mission, he rediscovered God and accepted all the things that has happened in his life. He focused on caring for the poor and sacrificed his wealth in order to support the school.
  • In response to crisis of the 16 brothers to be cut off due to defections, and devoted brothers that fell ill and passed away through owerwork, De La Salle purchased property in Vaugirard and gathered all the brothers for an extended retreat wherein he rekindled their fervor. On November 21, 1691, 169, John Baptist De La Salle, Nicholas Vuyart and Gabriel Drolin professed a secret ‘Heroic Vow', to remain together in society “…even should we remain the only three members of the said Society, and should be obliged to beg for alms and live on bread only.”
  • Even should we remain the only three members of the said Society, and should be obliged to beg for alms and live on bread only.
  • De La Salle died near Rouen on Good Friday, April 7, 1719, with 23 active communities and 100 Brothers continuing the mission he set forth.
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