DAY SEVEN - APRIL 5th BEGINNING
1719 April 7th, Saint Yon - JBDLS is called to our Lord.
On Good Friday, very early, surrounded by the Brothers, De La Salle blessed them and then summed up in a single sentence what had been his whole life:
"I adore and accept in all things God's guidance of my life!" Then he recited the prayer that he had prayed so many times: "Mary, Mother of Grace, Mother of Mercy, deliver me form the enemy and receive me at the hour of my death."
Peacefully, as one who drops off to sleep after a great struggle, he expired.
Through the window could be heard the laughter, the joy and the life of the children and youngsters who were being educated in the house of St. Yon.
When they learned of his death, they watched over him in silence and with tears. This was in Rouen, on the seventh day of April, 1719.
It was not to be an ending, De La Salle's inspiration, love, kindness and devotion to God would live on.
The Christian Schools would endure and his legacy was only just beginning.
Let us remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God
Dear Heavenly Father
May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be confident knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
May we like John Baptist de La Salle, adore and accept in all things God's guidance in our lives.
SJBDLS - Pray for us! Live Jesus in our hearts - Forever!