St. John Baptist de La Salle

St. John Baptist de La SalleSt. John Baptist de La Salle

St. John Baptist de La Salle( 1651 -1 719) was a French priest who became acclaimed as a educator of destitute sons. John, who came from a princely lineage, was anointed a clergyman at twenty-seven, and was assigned to the city of Rheims, a awfully esteemed place. It seemed his life would be one of privilege and easy prestige, but as he became aware of the needs of poor children — specially education — he felt himself called to respond( even though at first the work was abhorrent to him ).

John left Rheims and applied away his share of the family fortune. He began improving a group of young men as coaches, thus beginning the line-up known today as the Christian Brother. John successfully introduced several new educational programmes( such as teaching in the local expression, instead of Latin ), and he fixed colleges for course coaches. His success in educate delinquent and underprivileged boys elicited acrimoniou foe from secular schoolmasters, who resented his emphasis on Christian quality; ignoring his connoisseurs, John exhorted his schoolteachers to treat their students with love and tendernes, uttering duration for them and being concerned for their spiritual well-being.

St. John Baptist de La Salle suffered from asthma and rheumatism in his last years; he was dead on Good Friday in 1719.


1. Our calling from God may at first be distasteful to us, but if we continue, we will learn to cherish the life God purposes for us. St. John Baptist de La Salle initially didn’t want to work with children, but he obeyed the Lord’s will, and pointed up being very happy and fulfilled in his educational ministry.

2. As John learned, civilizing young people is an important way of acting Christ — especially by preparing them for heaven through an emphasis on faith and morality.

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image: Old photo of a bust of Saint Jean-Baptiste de la Salle by J. A. Rho/ British Library, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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