This volume features a new translation of all the known correspondence of Saint John Baptist de La Salle. Some 150 letters addressed to Brothers, members of his family, religious of other communities, and lay people, illuminate the character of the man who has been praised as an innovative educator, an eminent spiritual writer and patron saint of all teachers.
Combining the best of modern Lasallian scholarship with the genius and insights of De La Salle into what he called “the first and principal exercise of the Brothers,” this book is for everyone, religious or lay, intending to develop a systematic prayer life while serving in the ministry of Christian education.
More than anywhere else, it is in this volume that the educational genius and pragmatism of Saint John Baptist de La Salle and the first Brothers of the Christian Schools shine forth. The book served as the basis for administering schools, and it is considered to be a monumental contribution to the history of pedagogy.
First published in 1703 as a classroom reader originally intended for use by boys in the Christian Schools and others, this publication has had more than 85 editions and was in use for almost two centuries.
This volume contains all of the meditations written by Saint John Baptist de La Salle (1651–1719), founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and patron saint of all teachers. Written at various times in his life, these concise meditations were intended to serve as points for the Brothers to consider in their daily interior prayer.
Among the pedagogical works of Saint John Baptist de La Salle (1651–1719), The Duties of a Christian to God served as his catechetical text for training teachers and teaching students. As such, it is a valuable source for understanding De La Salle’s theology, spirituality, and pedagogy.