If we close down, you’ll still have your wealth to keep you going; we'll be on the streets.
Relax, fellow Brothers. Let us trust that God will help us through this difficult period.
In 1683, although the community life and school system had become more formalized and orderly, the teachers -- now called Brothers -- became concerned about the welfare of the school as funds and resources were becoming harder to come by.
We regret to inform you that Br. Henri L'Heureux passed away last night.
Deeply troubled by the response of the Brothers, De La Salle reflected, prayed, and consulted with others. In the winter between 1683 to 1684, he used most of his wealth to feed the poor. This led him to live in true poverty with the rest of the Brothers.
Good Morning, fellow Brothers. Let us study the interior prayer.
Now that they were officially leaving everything up to God and were handling numerous parish-based schools, De La Salle realized that they would have to govern themselves and commit completely to the cause. This led to the signing of the Heroic Vow (1686); by this time, only two other Brothers remained with De La Salle so only the three of them signed.
Yes, I adore in God guiding me in all the events of my life.
In 1687, De La Salle decided that the Brothers assign a Superior, who turned out to be Brother Henri L’Heureux. Due to concerns raised by the Archbishop, De La Salle assumed the headship and mentored L’Heureux; however, this was short-lived as L’Heureux soon fell ill and died.
Following this, De La Salle decided that the Brothers focus on education and did away with the system of having priests and a sacramental ministry.
Owing to the Heroic Vow, their spiritual education, and the sheer amount of work, the Brothers -- especially De La Salle -- worked themselves to the bone. After leaving the Brothers to rest and returning, De La Salle’s health declined further due to stress resulting from overworking. At last, in 1719, he retired to Saint Yon in Rouen, where he spoke his last words.